Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick

Of Interest

Fishing & Other Spring Things

March 1, 2021 Jumping Fish

Time to grab your fishing poles and get ready to hit the water! McKay Creek NWR opened to the public on the morning of March 1. The north end of the refuge has been closed all winter to provide sanctuary for wintering waterfowl. Waterfowl are returning north, and the refuge reopened for all of your favorite activities. In addition to fishing, spring is a great time for watching wildlife. The first goslings will be born soon, followed closely by the first ducklings. Keep visiting throughout the spring for a chance to see tiny California quail darting to and fro behind their parents. Many types of swallows will be arriving, and the call of the meadow lark will begin ringing soon. As the weather grows warmer, and we see green appear everywhere, McKay Creek NWR becomes a wonderful place to experience spring!

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

Help Save Our Bats

Save Our Bats

White-nose Syndrome is a horrible disease threatening our bats—bats critical to our environment and food supply. If you like tequila, mangoes, guavas, or any of over 300 other fruits, take the time to learn what you can do to help the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service—and yourself!

White-nose Syndrome
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