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William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit

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  • Spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus).- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit
  • Bush rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani).- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit
  • An arm of the backwater at Snag Boat Bend.- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit
  • Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia).- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit
  • Coypu (Myocastor coypus), also known as nutria, lounging in the main backwater channel at Snag Boat Bend.- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit
  • William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit.- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit
  • Black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus).- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit
  • Savannah sparrow (Paserculus sandwichensis).- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit
  • William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit.- William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend Unit
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Bird watching blind. Lots of wildlife. Open year round.
Cons: 
Road noise.
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Region:
Willamette Valley, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Snag Boat Bend is a unit of the much larger William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, most of which is a few miles away on the western edge of the Willamette Valley. This extensive backwater slough, formed by the confluence of Lake Creek and the Willamette River, provides habitat for waterfowl, western pond turtles, black tailed deer, and a large great blue heron rookery. 

From the parking lot, a wooden boardwalk leads across a wet meadow and eventually to a nice picnic table on the edge of the backwater. From here, a leisurely path meanders along the edge of the slough with a number of opportunities to access the bank. At the end of this path is a sheltered bird watching blind that overlooks the widest section of the backwater and provides an opportunity to observe the local wildlife. There are also a couple of loop trails beyond the blind that are reached by following the trail west as it skirts some farm fields.

Although Snag Boat Bend is not as expansive or impressive as the main refuge, the opportunity to explore the unique backwater slough habitat of the unit make it worth the trip.

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