Visit Us

Located at the junction of State Highways 99W and 22, the refuge offers convenient access to miles of dirt trails as well as handicap and stroller accessible viewing platforms for its human visitors. The refuge kiosk just off Highway 22 provides an interpretive and informative experience for visitors, so make sure to stop at the pull-off to learn more about the refuge habitats and how they are maintained for wildlife. The HWY 22 kiosk and Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail are open year-round, but all other trails are closed from October 1 through March 31 to provide sanctuary for wintering dusky Canada geese and other waterfowl.

Fees

There is no charge to visit the Refuge.

Refuge Access

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. The refuge is located at the junction of State Highways 99W and 22 and can be accessed via Coville and Smithfield Roads off of Highway 99W. Refuge trailheads, viewing pull offs and parking areas can be found off of each. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge.  

What to Do

Start at our Observation Platform off Highway 22 and to view interpretive panels detailing Refuge management practices, native habitats and wildlife, and historic aspects of the land. And don't forget to pick up our complex brochure and trail maps at kiosks throughout the Refuge so you can learn more about the refuge complex.

 

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Other Facilities in the Complex

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location.  Refuges are grouped into a complex structure structure
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because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs.  Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.

Rules and Policies

There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t contribute to the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity.  Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities on Baskett Slough for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!

Pets

For pet and wildlife safety, dogs and other domestic animals are not permitted outside of vehicles anywhere on the refuge.

Motor Vehicles and Bicycles

Motor vehicles and bicycles are permitted only on the roads open to public vehicle access. Bicycling is prohibited on all trails. Please park only in designated areas. 

Prohibited Activities

Jogging, camping, fires, horseback riding, ATV or ORV use, and cross-country skiing are not allowed on the Refuge. Collecting historical objects or artifacts, rocks, stones or mineral specimens is not permitted. Collecting animals, plants or their parts, such as antlers, berries or mushrooms, is prohibited.

Firearms

Firearms and other weapons are prohibited except as authorized by state law. Firearms are not allowed inside Federal Buildings. Consult the refuge office for further information.

 

Locations

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
10995 Highway 22 Dallas, OR 97338-9343
Driving Directions

The refuge is located at the junction of State Highways 99W and 22 and can be accessed via Coville and Smithfield Roads off of Highway 99W. Refuge trailheads, viewing pull offs and parking areas can be found off of each. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge.  

Hours
Refuge Hours
Year-round
Sunrise - Sunset