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 alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors 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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    Refuge Management Update

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

    August 2021 Refuge Report

  • Take A Hike!

    Take A Hike!

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

    Ankeny Trails

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    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

Winter Sanctuary Season

Canada Geese in Flight

The Winter Sanctuary Season starts at Ankeny Refuge on October 1st and runs through March 31st. Please stick to the year-round trails during this time to allow the wintering waterfowl to rest and recover. Thank you!

Ankeny Hill Nature Center

AHNC Exp. Zone Picture

Ankeny Hill Nature Center will open in 2022! Recent work includes the Nature Explore Area,Oak Overlook, volunteer basecamp, trails and interpretive elements. Sorry for any inconvenience during this closure, Covid 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 the Ankeny Hill Nature Center website:

Ankeny Hill Nature Center
Nature Center News

A Nature Center at Ankeny!

Great Horned Owl

Did you know that the USFWS is working with the Salem Audubon Society and Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex on a Nature Center at Ankeny Refuge? It's called the Ankeny Hill Nature Center and is set to open in 2022! Visit the website for more information:

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