Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Elk Hunt Information

    The Roosevelt elk hunt at William L. Finley Refuge happens in Sept. and Oct. Details and the application are posted in May. Click the link.

    2021 W.L. Finley Elk Hunt Docs_ALL

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    Visit Snag Boat Bend!

    Snag Boat Bend Unit is a great place to bird! Actively under restoration, watch the hydrology and riparian forest return!

    Discover Snag Boat Bend...

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    Refuge Management Update

    Refuge staff write a "Refuge Report" for the Friends Group every month. We post them here, too!

    August 2021 Refuge Report

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    Submit Your Wildlife Sighting!

    See something interesting on your last trip to the Refuge? Fill out our online Wildlife Sighting Report and share your story!

    Submit your sighting here...

Refuge Updates

William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Winter Sanctuary Season


Starting November 1st the Refuge interior closes to public access to provide sanctuary for wintering Canada geese and other wintering wildlife. For more information, click the link below. For trail availability see our Trail Descriptions page. The popular Mill Hill, Woodpecker Loop, Intertie, McFadden's Marsh blind, and Homer Campbell Boardwalk trails are all open year-round!

WVNWRC Winter Sanctuary Season

Snag Boat Bend Hunt Opportunities

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The Snag Boat Bend Unit of William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge now offers waterfowl and deer hunting. The proposed hunts were recently approved. For more information, click the link. The fact sheet and map are first, with the full hunt plans and resopnse to comments following. The popular trail out to the blind and back - that entire area - is closed to all hunting.

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Finley Refuge Elk Hunt Ends

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The 2021 elk hunt ended on October 31st. Look for 2022 William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge elk hunt information here in May.

Refuge Wildlife Report

What's New At Finley?


Want to know what to look for on your next visit? Check out our Refuge Wildlife Report for the most up-to-date scoop on what there is to see.

Refuge Wildlife Report

About the Complex

Willamette Valley NWR Complex

William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Willamette Valley NWR 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