• Coots

    American Coots

    Have you ever heard of the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team? Ever wonder what a mud hen is? We’ve got an answer for you.

    American Coots

  • Black-billed Magpie Promo

    Black-billed Magpie

    The drama queens of the high desert, if the desert had a reality show, magpies would be the stars, constantly insisting on being the center of attention.

    Black-billed Magpies

  • Osprey & Fish


    If you’ve got water, there’s a good chance you’ve got an osprey, or “fish hawk.” Lucky you.


Of Special Interest

Headquarters Trail Closed!

August 26, 2019

Attention! The McNary Headquarters Trail is officially CLOSED as of today, August 26, 2019. We anticipate the trail will be closed for approximately 30 days. Thank you for your patience with us during this time. We are very excited for the future enjoyment of this trail.

Waterfowl Hunting Lottery

Bird Hunting

The lotteries for waterfowl hunting in the Headquarters Unit are now closed. You can expect to see an email with your results by the end of September. Good luck and thank you for supporting your National Wildlife Refuge.

Hunting Lotteries

Kayaking Trips

Kayaking Trips

The kayak trips for 2019 are full. However, if you managed to land a trip, and need information, follow the link below. And if you'd like to be on a wait list in case of cancellations for either the September 11 McNary trip or the September 25 Hanford Reach trip, call (509) 546-8333.

Link To Trip Details
Watching Wildlife

Watching Wildlife


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

Watching Wildlife

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

McNary National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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