Facility Activities

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge connects the hearts and minds of visitors with the places and resources the Refuge protects, and enlighten visitor's experiences with an understanding of, appreciation for, and knowledge about historic and natural resources, and the importance of conservation and stewardship with all the outdoor activities available. Please be mindful for wildlife and help protect their habitat by following Refuge Rules and Policies

To protect wildlife and their habitat ALL AREAS ARE CLOSED on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge unless posted open at designated trails, sites, or facilities as determined by the Refuge.

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. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, birding has become one of the...

Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key activity. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, it is famous for its spectacular concentrations of wildlife, which are attracted to the Refuge’s habitats and abundant water resources in an otherwise arid landscape. With more than 340 bird...

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...

Driving tour and scenic drive auto tour routes offer a great all-season way to see wildlife and habitats from the comfort of your car. By using your car as a viewing blind, you can often see more wildlife than you can see on foot. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the 42-mile self-guided...

Many of the important historic sites located on FWS lands are open to the public and offer some level of interpretation. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the Refuge provides a variety of modern media to convey information to visitors and to enhance self-guided experiences such as a range of...

Conservation education and environmental education school program activities are available at a number of facilities. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, outdoor classrooms are available to give students the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while promoting an understanding of...

Angling and fly fishing are available at more than 340 national wildlife refuges, 35 wetland management districts, almost 20 national fish hatcheries and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters. Virtually every type of sport fishing is represented. At Malheur National Wildlife...

Hunting is available at almost 400 national wildlife refuges, more than 35 wetland management districts and almost 20 national fish hatcheries. Hunting is a priority public use at national wildlife refuges. Wildlife hunting is subject to sustainable limits and sometimes used as a management tool...

Many U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sites make great destinations for fishing, paddling, canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, non-motorized boats and electric boats are permitted on Krumbo Reservoir for fishing and recreational boating (paddling,...

Take your pick of refreshing trails and boardwalks at a number of refuges. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want on designated roads and trails shown on the Refuge map and trails brochure. Some trails...

A trail accessible to those with disabilities including individuals in wheelchairs. These trails include a wide, hard surface without steep inclines. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, one trail is paved and universally accessible at Refuge headquarters. All of our trails have...

Many Refuges do not allow dogs because they can disturb wildlife. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, leashed dogs are permitted with necessary stipulations on designated roads and trails shown on the Refuge map and trails brochure. Use caution on the East Canal Road, it is shared with...

Biking is a good way to see wildlife, learn about habitats and photograph nature. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, bicycling is permitted on designated roads and trails as shown on the Refuge map and trails brochure. Use caution on the East Canal Road, it is shared with vehicular traffic....

Horseback riding is permitted on designated trails of a limited number of refuges. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, horseback riding is permitted on designated roads shown on the Refuge map and shared with motorized vehicles. Horseback riding is not permitted on East Canal Road. Yield...

Many refuges in the country's northern tier have trails that can be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in season. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, cross-country skiing is permitted on designated roads and trails shown on the Refuge map and trails brochure. Use caution on the East...