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
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.
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.
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.