Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

About Us

Date established: 1965

Refuge Size: 2,796 acres (1,132 ha).

Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon in Marion County, between Salem and Albany

Hours:  Sunrise to sunset

Directions: Take Interstate 5 Exit 243, Ankeny Hill Road, which is about 10 miles north of Albany and 12 miles south of Salem. Driving west, you will arrive at the intersection of Wintel and Ankeny Hill Roads. Both roads will take you to the Refuge. Maps and additional access information may be found at the Ankeny Hill Overlook on Ankeny Hill Road, the Rail Trail Parking Area on Wintel Road or at the Eagle Marsh Wildlife Viewing Kiosk on Buena Vista Road.

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
2301 Wintel Road
Jefferson, OR 97352-9758
Phone: 503-588-2701 Fax: 503-589-0954

Public inquiries:  541-757-7236

Acquisition History:
Authority: Migratory Bird Conservation Act of February 18, 1929 (45 Stat. 1222) as amended (16 U.S.C. 715-715r).

Enabling Legislature: On February 19, 1963, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission authorized the establishment of the Refuge at areas to be located at traditional Canada goose concentration points in the Willamette Valley. Lands for the Refuge were purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the wetland loan fund, against revenue from the future sales of duck stamps, under authorization of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Purpose: “…for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds.”


Refuge Objectives:
- provide winter habitat for the dusky Canada goose and other migratory waterfowl
- protect, restore and enhance populations of threatened and endangered species
- maintain habitats for indigenous species and perpetuate natural diversity
- provide for environmental education, research, and wildlife oriented recreation

Public Use Opportunities:
- Hiking
- Wildlife observation
- Environmental education
- Photography

Last updated: January 28, 2009