Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer

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Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer


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Located in southwestern Washington, the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer was established in 1972 specifically to protect and manage the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer.

The Refuge contains over 6,000 acres of pastures, forested tidal swamps, brushy woodlots, marshes and sloughs along the Columbia River in both Washington and Oregon. The mainland refuge unit, the Hunting Islands and Price Island are in Washington. Tenasillahe Island, Crims Island, Wallace Island and several small parcels around Westport are in Oregon.

The valuable habitat the refuge preserves for the deer also benefits a large variety of wintering birds, a small herd of Roosevelt elk, river otter, various reptiles and amphibians including painted turtles and red-legged frogs, and several pairs of nesting bald eagles and ospreys.

Map of Julia Butler Hansen Refuge

Latitude, Longitude: 46.257655, 46.257655




From I-5, take the Longview exit. Proceed west on Highway 4 to Cathlamet, WA. Continue on Highway 4 approximately 1 mile past Cathlamet to Steamboat Slough Road which is just west of the Elochoman River bridge. Turn left on Steamboat Slough Road. Refuge Headquarters is approximately 1/4 mile farther, on the right.

Hunting, Price, Tenasillahe, and Wallace Islands are accessible only by boat. Public launching facilities are available in Washington at the Cathlamet Mooring Basin, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife boat launch on Highway 4 between Cathlamet and Skamokawa, and Skamokawa Vista Park. Launch facilities in Oregon are available at Aldrich Point, east of Astoria. None of these facilities are owned or operated by the refuge.