Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Elk Hunt Information

    The Roosevelt elk hunt at William L. Finley Refuge happens in Sept. and Oct. Details and the application are posted in May. Click the link.

    2021 W.L. Finley Elk Hunt Docs_ALL

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    Visit Snag Boat Bend!

    Snag Boat Bend Unit is a great place to bird! Actively under restoration, watch the hydrology and riparian forest return!

    Discover Snag Boat Bend...

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    Refuge Management Update

    Refuge staff write a "Refuge Report" for the Friends Group every month. We post them here, too!

    May 2021 Refuge Report

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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!

    Submit your sighting here...

Refuge Updates

World Migratory Bird Day Celebration

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For the month of May there will be 3 bilingual Pop-up Stations at the Homer Campbell Boardwalk and Cabell Lodge Overlook. Visit a Turkey Vulture cafe, play a migration game with your flock, and try Belted Kingfisher yoga. Pick-up the activities onsite or print them from here. Brought to you in partnership with IAE, Environment for the Americas, and the Twinning Partnership!

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Snag Boat Bend Expanded Hunt Opportunity - Public Comment

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The Service proposed to open the Snag Boat Bend Unit of the William L. Finley NWR to waterfowl and deer hunting. Our public comment period runs from May 4-July 6, 2021. Read the Refuge’s Draft Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment, and find out how to submit your comments.

Snag Boat Bend Hunt Proposal

2021 Elk Hunt


2021 William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge elk hunt applications are now available! For more information on this hunt opportunity and to apply, click the link.

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2021 Black-tailed Deer Hunt

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William L. Finley Refuge Fall 2021 Black-tailed deer hunt. Click the link for detailed information.

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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

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

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS