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  • Refuge Headquarters is still Closed!

    Refuge Headquarters (Visitor Center, Nature Store, museum and grounds) remains closed to the public. Other portions of the refuge are open.

  • The Center Patrol Road is Open!

    The Center Patrol Road is open to visitors. Access is open to all portions of the refuge except for Headquarters.

    Visitor Access Brochure


Get Involved

A volunteer takes a break during a project.May 23, 2016

We need your help with Refuge specific projects to help us complete projects that were not completed due to the occupation. Many of these opportunities are listed below. If you are interested in volunteering with one of the projects listed, please RSVP or sign up using the email address listed with the specific project. You can also leave your contact information at if you would like general information about volunteering. We are accepting volunteer applications under our Volunteer Program for 2017.

Volunteering at Malheur

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.

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Experience Malheur

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Statement on the Jury Verdict in the Malheur Refuge Occupation Trial

    American AvocetOctober 28, 2016

    While we are profoundly disappointed in the outcome of the trial, we are eager to move forward. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to the security, healing and comfort of our Malheur National Wildlife Refuge employees and the Harney County communities they serve, and to continue strengthening the collaborations and positive relationships cited throughout this trial.

  • Refuge Headquarters Remains Closed

    May 23, 2016

    Refuge Headquarters, including the Visitor Center/Nature Store, museum and grounds remain closed to the public. Buildings and grounds are active work sites and are closed for safety reasons. We are pleased to open other portions of the refuge to visitors and we are working on a re-opening celebration for Refuge Headquarters set for the late summer/early fall. The Center Patrol Road (auto tour route) and Krumbo Reservoir are open to the public. Brochures and general information are available on this website and at all entrances to the refuge. If you have any questions please contact us at or leave a message on our temporary phone line at 541/589-0819.

    General Refuge Brochure
  • 2016-2017 Hunting Changes

    Waterfowl hunting will not be allowed on Malheur Lake this year because of low water conditions. At it's current level of just 4,000 acres all water is outside of the north and south Malheur Lake Hunt Units. Waterfowl hunting is now permitted in the Buena Vista Unit. Check current hunting regulations for limits.

    Hunting at Malheur Refuge
  • No Carp Fishing This Year

    The Refuge will not be hosting a carp fishing event on the Blitzen River at headquarters this fall.

Page Photo Credits — Sandhill Crane © Barbara Wheeler Photography, American Avocet- Aditi The Stargazer
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2016


  • Harney County Migratory Bird Festival

    Dancing greater sandhill craneApril 07, 2016 - April 10, 2016

    Held in honor of long time manager John Scharff the bird festival is a great way to discover the birds arriving in the spring.

    Find out more about the festival!
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