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Tualatin River
National Wildlife Refuge

19255 SW Pacific Hwy
Sherwood, OR   97140
E-mail: Kim_Strassburg@fws.gov
Phone Number: 503-625-5944
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Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is located within the floodplain of the Tualatin River basin near Sherwood, Oregon, at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The concept of creating the refuge originated from local citizens, cities, and governments, so it enjoys strong popular support, stemming from a desire to preserve green space where future generations can take part in outdoor recreation and education.

Habitats include remnant and restored communities along rivers and streams, emergent, shrub, and forested wetlands, riparian forests, oak and pine meadows and grasslands, and mixed deciduous/coniferous forests common to western Oregon prior to settlement.

These habitats are known primarily for their importance to salmon and steelhead, wintering Canada goose, pintail and mallard ducks, and for providing breeding habitat for songbirds.

Getting There . . .
Tualatin River Refuge is located off of Highway 99W approximately 15 miles southwest of downtown Portland near Sherwood.

From the north: Drive southbound on Highway 99W and continue through the town of King City. Approximately 0.7 miles beyond the Cipole Road traffic light, turn right into the refuge. Look for brown highway guide signs.

From the south: Drive northbound on Highway 99W, approximately 1 mile north of Tualatin-Sherwood Road. Look for brown highway highway guide signs directing you to make a U-turn in order to enter into the refuge.

By bicycle: For your convenience, bicycle racks are provided in visitor parking areas. However, bicycles are not permitted on refuge trails.

By bus: Visitors can also take Tri-Met bus route 12 directly to the refuge entrance on Highway 99W. The #12 leaves from SW 3rd and Yamhill, 2 blocks from the MAX stop in downtown Portland.

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The new refuge administrative headquarters is located at 19255 SW Pacific Highway in Sherwood. The Roy Rogers Road office building is no longer open to the public.

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Wildlife and Habitat

Tualatin River Refuge was established as an urban refuge to provide wetland, riparian, and upland habitats for a variety of migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, fish, other resident wildlife, and for the enjoyment of people. The refuge is now home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish, and plants.

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In the early 1990s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began studying the idea to create a National Wildlife Refuge along the bottomlands of the Tualatin River.

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Management Activities
Two high priority areas of management are to restore native habitats associated with the Tualatin River floodplain and to provide wildlife-dependent public use emphasizing environmental education and interpretation. Land acquisition and habitat restoration with an emphasis on wetlands have dominated refuge programs early in refuge development.

The active acquisition program of the refuge has progressed well, with 2,000 acres acquired n fee title ownership by the Service. Thus far, more than 625 acres of native floodplain habitats have been restored, including a large 400-acre complex of wetlands on the Steinborn Unit of the refuge near State Highway 99W.

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