Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

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Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

Oregon

(503) 588-2701

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Overview

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge is located in the fertile Willamette Valley of northwestern Oregon . The Refuge is situated in open farmland near the confluence of the Santiam and Willamette rivers in the middle of the broad Willamette Valley . Elevations range between 180 to 290 feet msl. The Willamette Valley , with its mild, rainy winter climate, is an ideal environment for wintering waterfowl. The Refuge consists of 1,765 acres of cropland, which provide forage for wintering geese, 600 acres of riparian forests, and 500 acres of shallow water seasonal wetlands

As with the other refuges within the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Complex, the primary management goal of Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge is to provide high quality wintering habitat for geese, especially the dusky Canada goose , to ensure healthy, viable goose populations while minimizing goose browse damage to crops on private agricultural lands.

Ankeny NWR also provides habitat for a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Wildlife/wildlands observation, photography, hiking, and environmental education and interpretation are the major public use activities allowed on the Refuge.

Habitat improvement and restoration are essential for the continued survival of wildlife populations in the Willamette Valley .

Map of Ankeny NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 44.802119, -123.064728

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge provides a wide array of recreational opportunities. With observation blinds and platforms Ankeny is a great place for bird watching Hike through an Oregon ash wetland along Rail Trail to view waterfowl through an observation blind. Or visit the Eagle Marsh kiosk to view numerous migratory waterfowl in the winter.

  • Hiking

    Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge provides a wide array of recreational opportunities. With several miles of hiking trails, observation blinds and platforms Ankeny is a great place for wildlife observation. Hike through an Oregon ash wetland along Rail Trail to view waterfowl through an observation blind. Or visit the Eagle Marsh kiosk to view numerous migratory waterfowl in the winter.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge provides a wide array of recreational opportunities. With observation blinds and platforms Ankeny is a great place for wildlife observation.

Seasonality/Weather

Public access into major portions of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges will be limited during the annual winter sanctuary season in order to provide undisturbed habitat for Canada geese and other wildlife. By resting in undisturbed areas on the Refuges, often referred to as sanctuary, wintering geese replenish their energy reserves required for nesting and migrating. This sanctuary also reduces crop damage on neighboring agricultural lands.

Directions

Driving

Travel north 10 miles from Albany, Oregon, or south 12 miles from Salem, Oregon, on Interstate 5. Take exit 243, Ankeny Hill Road, and drive west one quarter of a mile to an intersection. Turn right at the intersection and proceed 1.5 miles on Ankeny Hill Road to the information kiosk and wildlife viewing area.

Phone Numbers

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(503) 588-2701

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