William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge

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  • Fiechter Barn is one of eight historic buildings at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge.- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Great blue heron (Ardea herodias).- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
  • There is an abundance of brush rabbits (Sylvilagus bachmani) around Cabell Lodge.- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
  • An unidentified species among the cat tails in William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge (help us idenfy it by providing feedback)..- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Homer Campbell Memorial Trail follows this boardwalk to a covered observation blind on Cabell Marsh.- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
  • The refuge road skirts a large area of upland oak savannahs- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
  • A young female wood duck (Aix sponsa) at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge.- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
  • William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge.- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
  • A young female wood duck (Aix sponsa) at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge.- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
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Pros: 
Great trails. Amazing wildlife. Varied habitats.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Willamette Valley, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Adventure Description

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William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, along with Basket Slough and Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, is part of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The primary goal of these refuges is to provide winter habitat for dusky Canada geese that winter almost exclusively in the Willamette Valley. To this end, much of William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge is wetland marsh habitat. Seed crops are also planted to provide food for the hundreds of thousands of geese and other waterfowl that make this area their home in the winter.

In addition to the wetlands and fields, William L. Finley encompasses riparian areas along Muddy Creek, mixed deciduous forest, and upland oak savannahs. These areas offer habitat for many other bird and animal species, including a resident herd of Roosevelt elk.

There are 12 miles of trails within the refuge, though many are closed in the winter to provide protection to the over-wintering waterfowl. The auto tour route is open year round and offers numerous vistas with pull outs.

Eight historic buildings are scattered across the refuge, including Fiechter House, which is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in Benton County.

William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge offers abundant opportunities for viewing and photographing wildlife in a number of widely varied habitats. There is also a black-tailed deer hunt in the refuge every year.

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