• Take A Hike!

    Take A Hike!

    Explore Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge with a walk on one of its many trails and boardwalks.

    Ankeny Trails

  • Rotator Goose

    A Haven for Geese

    Did you know that Ankeny NWR was originally established to provide winter habitat for dusky Canada geese?

    Learn how we manage land for geese.

  • Oregon Chub at Finley NWR

    The Oregon Chub Recovers!

    Did you know the Oregon chub was the fish species ever to be delisted from the Endangered Species List? Cool, huh?!

    Learn More

Ankeny Updates

Spring/Summer Calendar of Events!

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Don't miss the 1st Sunday monthly programs brought to you by the Friends of the Willamette Valley Refuges! Click the link for dates and details of events at all 3 of the Willamette Valley Refuges.

2019 Spring/Summer Events

All Refuge Trails Open


On April 1 each year, the seasonal trails open. You can walk on any of the trails, including Refuge dikes/berms. Please be respectful of wildlife and enjoy your Refuge visit!

Refuge Trails & Viewing Areas

Ankeny Hill Overlook CLOSED

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Ankeny Hill Nature Center construction is still in progress! 2019 work includes the new driveway, access, sidewalks, signage, volunteer space, interpretive elements and building finishes. The first phase of the new nature center, an indoor and outdoor classroom, is planned to open in late 2019. Sorry for any inconvenience during this closure and construction time. Thank you for your patience as we endeavor to bring you an amazing environmental education experience! This project is a long time in the making for the Salem Audubon Society, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. For more information on the project visit http://salemaudubon.org/ or click on Nature Center News. A restroom is available at Pintail Marsh, off Wintel Rd.

Nature Center News

A Nature Center at Ankeny?

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Did you know that the USFWS is currently working with the Salem Audubon Society and Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex on the potential for a Nature Center at Ankeny Refuge? The project is still in the early planning stages, so stay tuned for details!

Nature Center News

About the Complex

Willamette Valley NWR Complex

Ankeny 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