Facility Activities

The Butte overlook and Paul Van Ningen Memorial are located on the refuge one mile north and 1 mile east of Moffit or one mile north and 2 miles west of the refuge headquarters along 102nd Ave.SE. This overlook sits above Lake Unit 1 providing a splendid panoramic view over the west end of the refuge.

A historic residence, office and maintenance buildings constructed in the 1930’s using native field stone are located one-mile south of the refuge headquarters along the south side of Unit 2.

A one mile two track walking trail is located east of the historic stone residence between Lake Unit 2 and the Unit 2 Marsh providing seasonal opportunities to observe many species of shorebirds and waterfowl depending on water levels within the marsh.

Hunting and fishing are permitted on the refuge, please see new brochure.

Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.

Deer hunting is allowed...

In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, the Refuge System offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities. Fishing programs promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on all lands and waters in the Refuge System. Every year,...

Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.
Trapping is carefully managed to ensure safety and the sustainability of wildlife populations. Permitted trapping on refuges typically mirrors state regulations, and trappers who access refuge lands for recreation must possess state licenses and follow state regulations as well as permit stipulations.
From bald eagles to spoonbills, from condors to puffins, birds abound on national wildlife refuges. Refuges provide places for birds to nest, rest, feed and breed making them world-renown for their birding opportunities.

Wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors. From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit the 556 National Wildlife Refuges each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds. The National Wildlife Refuge...