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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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Guided tours
No
ADA accessible
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Great trails. Amazing wildlife. Varied habitats.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Address

Finley Rd
26600
Corvallis, OR 97333
United States

Features

Wildlife
Bird watching
Bird watching
Bird watching
Bird watching
Big Game Watching
Big Game Watching

Location

Field Guide

Comments

05/30/2016
Finley Wildlife Refuge is a great place for wildlife viewing and an afternoon hike.
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