Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge

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Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge

Oregon

(503) 623-2749

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Overview

Oregon's Willamette Valley was once a rich mix of wildlife habitats. Valley wetlands were once extensive, with meandering stream channels and vast seasonal marshes. Today, the valley is a mix of farmland and growing cities, with few areas remaining for wildlife. The 2,492 acre Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge was created to provide vital wintering habitat for dusky Canada geese. Unlike most other Canada geese, duskies have limited summer and winter ranges. They nest on Alaska's Copper River Delta and winter almost exclusively in the Willamette Valley. Habitat loss, predation, and hunting caused a decrease in their population. Dusky Canada Geese usually appear here first in the fall and use the refuge as their last stop before starting the spring journey back to their Alaska nesting grounds. The refuge's farmed fields, rolling oak-covered hills, grass fields, and shallow wetlands are home to many wildlife species. A small number of Bald Eagles winter on the refuge. In addition to the abundant bird life, 30 species of mammals, 8 species of amphibians, and 10 species of reptiles occur here. The largest remaining population of Fender's blue butterfly is found on the refuge.

Map of Baskett Slough NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 44.945604, -123.259049

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    The wildlife that use Baskett Slough NWR as a home or just pass through is diverse and wonderful to see. Ducks, swans and geese can be seen on refuge wetlands throughout the winter. Migratory songbirds can be heard singing along the basket Butte Trail.

  • Hiking

    Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge provides a wide array of recreational opportunities. With several miles of hiking trails and observation platforms Baskett Slough is a great place for wildlife observation. Hike up to the top of Baskett Butte to get a great view of the wetlands that make up the Refuge. Or visit the Highway 22 kisok to look through a spotting scope at the numerous migratory waterfowl in the winter.

  • Hunting

    The refuge is open to migratory bird hunting.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The wildlife that use Baskett Slough NWR as a home or just pass through is diverse and wonderful to see. Ducks, swans and geese can be seen on refuge wetlands throughout the winter. Migratory songbirds can be heard singing along the basket Butte Trail.

Seasonality/Weather

Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife. In warmer climates, little is moving on hot summer afternoons or windy days.

Directions

Driving

On Interstate 5, take exit 253, and proceed west through Salem, toward Dallas, Oregon. Travel west on Highway 22 from the intersection of Highways 22 and 99W, north of Rickreall, Oregon. Proceed about 2 miles and watch for the information and wildlife viewing area on the right.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(503) 623-2749

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