William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

Plan your Visit

The National Wildlife Refuge System is the only network of federal lands dedicated specifically to preservation of wildlife and their habitats. Only activities considered compatible with the preservation of wildlife and their habitats are allowed. Regulations protect visitors and resources.

Refuge Access

Refuges, including roads and trails, are open from sunrise to sunset.

Motor Vehicles and Bicycles

Motor vehicles and bicycles are permitted only on roads open to vehicle access. Please park only in designated areas.

Boats and Rafts

Boats and Rafts are prohibited on Refuge wetlands and ponds. 


For both your pet’s and wildlife’s safety, please leash your pet and walk them only at information kiosks and trailhead parking areas. Pets are not allowed on hiking trails.


Some trails close seasonally (closure in effect from November 1 through March 31) to reduce disturbance to wintering waterfowl. Please observe posted regulations.


There are two hunting seasons on William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge: Archery Deer Season and Shotgun Deer Season. Elk hunting is not permitted on the refuge. All hunters must check in and out of self-service hunter permit stations daily. There are two self-service permit stations located on the refuge.


Limited fishing opportunities are available at Muddy Creek on Finley NWR.


Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on national wildlife refuges must comply with all provisions of State and local law.  Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with Refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific Refuge regulations in part 32).

See Hunt Section regarding ammunition and gun types allowed during designated hunt seasons.


Collecting historical objects or artifacts is not permitted.

Prohibited Activities

The Willamette Valley refuges are not parks. Activities such as camping, fires, horseback riding, jogging, kite flying and cross-country skiing are not allowed. Collecting animals and plants is also prohibited.

Last updated: February 18, 2010