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    Visit Snag Boat Bend!

    Did you know great blue herons nest in trees, forming colonies called rookeries? A heron rookery can be found at our Snag Boat Bend Unit.

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  • Oregon Chub at Finley NWR

    The Oregon Chub Recovers!

    The Oregon Chub is the first fish species ever to be removed from the Endangered Species List due to recovery!

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    Submit Your Wildlife Sighting!

    See something interesting on your last trip to the Refuge? Fill out our online Wildlife Sighting Report and share your story!

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Refuge Wildlife Report

What's New At Finley?


Want to know what to look for on your next visit? Check out our Refuge Wildlife Report for the most up-to-date scoop on what there is to see.

Refuge Wildlife Report

About the Complex

Willamette Valley NWR Complex

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A collection of three refuges provides wintering habitat and sanctuary for the dusky Canada goose, other waterfowl and migratory birds in Oregon's emerald landscape, the Willamette Valley.

William L. Finley is managed as part of the Willamette Valley NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Refuge Updates

  • William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Winter Sanctuary Season

    Effective November 1st the refuge interior closes to public access to provide sanctuary for wintering Canada geese and other waterfowl. For more information on the closure, click the link below. For trail availability see our Trail Descriptions page. The popular Mill Hill, Woodpecker and Homer Campbell Boardwalk trails are all open year-round!

    WVNWRC Winter Sanctuary Season
  • New Complex Bird List

    WVNWRC new Bird List

    We have a new bird list, all updated, revamped and looking quite spectacular! Thank you to volunteer and graphic designer, Jon Hazen for making this happen! Also, thanks to Joel Geier, Bill Tice and refuge staff for compiling the data. We hope you enjoy it! Tambien, tenemos uno en Espanol.

    WVNWRC new Bird List
  • 2016 Finley Refuge Hunt Concludes

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    The 2016 hunt ended on October 31st. There were at total of six elk harvested and one deer. Look for 2017 William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge hunt information (elk and deer) here in early spring.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Marsh Wren, © Mike Larsen, Great Blue Heron, George Gentry/USFWS, Oregon Chub swim at Finley NWR, Rick Swart/ODFW, Dragonfly, © Joe Staff, Canada Geese, USFWS, Swallowtail Butterfly, © Joe Staff, Roosevelt Elk Bull, © Joe Staff, Cedar Waxwings, George Gentry/USFWS, Battling swans © Jim Leonard
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2016
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