Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region



Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge provides a wide array of recreational opportunities. With several miles of hiking trails and observation platforms Baskett Slough is a great place for wildlife observation. Hike up to the top of Baskett Butte to get a great view of the wetlands that make up the Refuge. Or visit the Highway 22 kisok to look through a spotting scope at the numerous migratory waterfowl in the winter. Click here for Trail Descriptions and Map.

Wildlife Viewing and Photography

The wildlife that use Baskett Slough NWR as a home or just pass through is diverse and wonderful to see. Ducks, swans and geese can be seen on refuge wetlands throughout the winter. Migratory songbirds can be heard singing along the basket Butte Trail. Here are a few tips for viewing wildlife:

  • Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife. In warmer climates, little is moving on hot summer afternoons or windy days.
  • Observe from the sidelines. Leave "abandoned" young animals alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave.
  • Don’t offer snacks; your lunch could disrupt wild digestive systems.
  • Cars make good observation blinds. Drive slowly, stopping to scan places wildlife might hide. Use binoculars or a long lens for a closer look.
  • Try sitting quietly in one good location. Let wildlife get used to your presence. Many animals that have hidden will reappear once they think you are gone. Often you will hear more than you will see.
  • Teach children quiet observation. Other wildlife watchers will appreciate your consideration.
  • Look for animal signs. Tracks, scat, feathers, and nests left behind often tell interesting stories.


 Interpretation \ Environmental Education

At trailheads and kiosks there are numerous interpretive and education signs that describe habitats, historical land uses, migratory birds, songbirds and much more. Take the time to read these signs and learn about this unique area.

Map of the refuge

Last updated: October 2, 2009