Of Interest

Game Bird & Waterfowl Hunting

Bird Hunting

The upland game bird and waterfowl seasons are fast approaching. Don't forget that opening weekend of upland game bird hunting requires a permit issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through a preseason lottery, which is now open and will close at 3:30 p.m. on September 13, 2019. New this year at McKay Creek NWR is a fall turkey season. All other allowable hunting is by state regulations, although please note open/closed areas. The link below will get you to our lottery and regulations.

McKay Creek Lottery and Regulations

Watching Wildlife


Want to see more animals on your trip to McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge? Here are some tips from the "experts."

Watching Wildlife
History of McKay Creek

McKay Creek Dam & Refuge History

Dam Illustration

Really like history? This is the page for you. Learn about the making of the McKay Creek NWR and Dam.

History of McKay Creek Refuge & Dam

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River Refuges

McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River Refuges.

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