Become immersed in the wonders of Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge, as the surrounding sounds disappear, and all that remains is a sense of wonder and calm.

Visit Us

Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is not open to the public. The refuge is currently reviewing our draft Public Access Plan and Environmental Assessment, as well as public comments submitted during the open comment period. While the comment period for the draft document is now closed, go here to learn more about the process

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge was officially established in 2013 as part of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. With over 900 acres of continuous protected area, Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a fantastic place for a variety of wildlife, including the many migratory waterfowl that stop-over in the winter. The refuge is amazing year-round though; the changing seasons are reflected in the fluctuations of landscape and the wildlife who inhabit it.  

      What We Do

      The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of public lands and waters managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The System was established for the purpose of wildlife conservation, and directs all refuge actions and decisions. Utilizing the right management tools helps to further conservation and restoration of wildlife and their habitats.

      Our Organization

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
      The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program improves lives by expanding access to green space, education and outdoor recreation for Americans living in and around cities. Program members work to clear social and historical barriers and foster new connections that advance conservation and strengthen...

      Our Species

      Through ongoing restoration projects, public outreach and education, Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is able to further conservation efforts, including the protection and restoration for specific key federally and state recognized species. 

      In addition to endangered and threatened species, the refuge hosts an abundance of more commonly found species, such as black-tailed deer, coyotes, bald eagles, and red-tailed hawks. Many migrating waterfowl also call the refuge home for the winter, including tundra swans, canvasbacks, and dusky Canada geese. 

      Get Involved

      National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and local community members to make a lasting difference. Getting involved at Wapato Lake NWR is a great opportunity to learn new skills and help to conserve our public lands. With a variety of opportunities in a wide range of programs, anything from visitor services to habitat management, there is a place for everyone.