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Features

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2nd Annual Waterfowl Hunt

Wapato Lake NWR will offer its 2nd Annual Waterfowl Hunt on approximately 275 acres of the Refuge at the north end of Wapato Lake.

Follow this link for more information

Refuge News

A Glimpse of the Refuge

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Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is not open yet, but we wanted to provide a little sneak peak. The Service is proposing to offer many public uses that National Wildlife Refuges focus on, specifically -- hunting, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. Access at the Refuge will be on a new hiking trail. Check out the link below.

A Glimpse of Wapato Lake NWR

What About Visiting Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge?

Visiting Wapato Lake

Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is currently not open to the public. This is a new refuge, and before we can open it to public use, there's a lot of work to be done—restoration, planning for public access and acquiring the remaining land. You can see quite a bit of wildlife from the roads—Highway 47, Springhill Road and Gaston Road, but please follow all traffic laws. We look forward to welcoming you on the refuge in the future.

Did You Know?

Wapato Lake NWR Restoration Environmental Assessment

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If you are interested, you can access the Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge Restoration Environmental Assessment, that was approved in 2019. This document provides information about planned ecological restoration at the Refuge.

Click here to access the Assessment

About the Complex

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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