• 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

Kayaking Trips

August 12, 2019 Kayaking Trips

Ever want to try kayaking on the waters around the Tri-Cities but lack the equipment or know-how? Here’s your chance to try it while learning about the McNary National Wildlife Refuge or the Hanford Reach National Monument. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is offering trips this summer on both, so here’s your opportunity to boat with the experts.

Link To Trip Details

Waterfowl Hunting Lottery

Bird Hunting

The lotteries for waterfowl hunting in the Fee Hunt Area are now open. The lottery closes at 3:30 p.m. on September 13, 2019, so you've got plenty of time to register. New this year is a Veteran's Day Hunt on November 11, 2019 for active duty military and veterans. A lottery application is required but there will be no fees to enter the lottery or participate in the hunt. Also, a late season white goose hunt is available this year which will also require a lottery application. Good luck.

Hunting Lotteries
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