William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

About Us

Date established:

The Refuge consists of two separate Units

1964 - William L. Finley Unit
2000 - Snag Boat Bend Unit

Refuge Size :

William L. Finley Unit 5,325 acres (2,155 ha)

Snag Boat Bend Unit 372 acres (151 ha)

Total 5,697 acres (2,305 ha)


William L. Finley Unit: Benton County , Oregon , 10 miles south of Corvallis
Snag Boat Bend Unit: Linn County , Oregon , 1 mile south of Peoria.


Sunrise to sunset


William L. Finley Unit: Travel South 10 miles from Corvallis , Oregon , or north 7.5 miles from Monroe , Oregon , to milepost 93 on Highway 99W. Turn west on Finley Refuge Road . The Refuge headquarters is about four miles up the road.

Snag Boat Bend Unit: Travel about 1 mile south of Peoria , Oregon , on Peoria Road. Watch for entrance sign. 


William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
26208 Finley Refuge Road
Corvallis , OR 97333-9533
Phone: 541-757-7236 Fax: 541-757-4450

Acquisition History:


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.


".for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds."

Refuge Name:

The Refuge was named for William L. Finley, an early conservationist, who persuaded President Theodore Roosevelt to set aside the first national wildlife refuge west of the Mississippi River.


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
•  Deer hunting
•  Fishing

Last updated: August 13, 2009