Plan Your Visit

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William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the diverse wildlife and picturesque vistas, whether on a determined hike, leisurely walk, or just driving through. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.

Refuge Access

The refuge is open from dawn to dusk. Visitors can access the northern half of the refuge via Finley Refuge Road at the western entrance off Bellfountain Road or the eastern entrance off Highway 99W. The southern half can be accessed via Bruce Road, with entrances off both Highway 99W and Bellfountain Road. Roads throughout the refuge are graveled and visitors must maintain the posted speed limit of 20 miles per hour. The Snag Boat Bend Unit can be accessed via a turn-off on the west side of Peoria Road. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge.             

Visitor Center & Nature Store

The Refuge Visitor Center can be found off Finley Refuge Road, about 1 mile east of the Bellfountain Road entrance. The visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is closed on all federal holidays. The Wild Goose Nature Store, operated by the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex can be accessed inside the Visitor Center Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The store is open on some holidays!  The profit of all Nature Store sales goes directly to funding refuge programs. 


Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public, except when winter sanctuary closures are in effect (Oct 1st at Ankeny and Baskett Slough and November 1st at Finley Refuge).  Check the trail guide for year-round trails and more information. Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged! Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. No running or jogging allowed on the Refuge. And sorry, but please leave your pets at home. This is a home for wildlife and domestic four-legged critters can scare off just what you came to the Refuge to see!

Fishing & Boating

Fishing is allowed at Snag Boat Bend, but be sure to follow State regs.  Boating is allowed on Snag Boat Bend's Lake Creek, though there is no on-refuge boat launch. All boating is prohibited on the William L. Finely Unit. 


Black-tail deer hunting is permitted on William L. Finley in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the Oregon state hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.  In 2015, the first elk hunt was offered at William L. Finley Refuge.  For current elk hunt information, regulations, map and application click this link.  Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.

General Regulations 

Because this is a home for wildlife, activities that disturb or harm wildlife are restricted.  

  • Pets are not allowed (excepted for certified service animals)
  • Electric or gas-powered off-road vehicles are not permitted.
  • Collection of any kind is not allowed.  Everything is habitat to someone, even that berry, flower and rock.
  • Enjoy the Refuge at a walk.  Running or jogging is not allowed - it makes wildlife scatter.

Local Lodging 

Lodging is available in a number of the surrounding towns. Corvallis and Albany are not far to the north and Junction City and Eugene are to the south of the Refuge.

Where We are Located

William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge can be found off of Highway 99W 10 miles south of Corvallis, Oregon.  You can also reach the Refuge via Bellfountain Rd. along the west of the Refuge. Be wary of Google Map directions coming from the south (i.e. Eugene). Sometimes these directions want to take you to a locked interior road along Bruce Rd. We are working with Google on this issue.

The Snag Boat Bent Unit can be located off of Peoria Road, 1 mile south of Peoria. 

For questions about recreation or more detailed directions, please contact the refuge office at (541) 757-7236 during normal office hours, or fill out our online Contact Us form.