Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwestern Oregon, 10 miles (16 km) west of Salem in Polk County. Situated in open farmland near the eastern foothills of the Oregon Coast Range with the broad Willamette Valley and the Cascade Range to the east, elevations range from 185 to 414 feet (56 to 126 m) MSL. The Willamette Valley, with its mild, rainy winter climate, is an ideal environment for wintering waterfowl. The valley was once a rich mix of wildlife habitats with extensive wetlands, 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 Refuge consists of 1,173 acres (4.75 km²) of cropland, which provide forage for wintering geese, 300 acres (1.2 km²) of forests, 550 acres (2.2 km²) of grasslands, and 500 acres (2.0 km²) of shallow water seasonal wetlands and 35 acres (0.14 km²) of permanent open water. In 1965, Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge was created to help ensure some of the original habitat remained for species preservation. The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior.To visit Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge and other attractions in Dallas, use our Dallas visit planner.
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Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge Reviews
Baskett Slough preserves a local wetland with diverse migratory wildfowl and raptors. The easy loop trail climbs several hundred feet up to overlooks with great views of the wetlands, inland valleys, ... more »
I decided to hike this by myself one evening and was surprised at how long the loop was that connected with Smithfield Road. My GPS said I hiked about 6.5 miles in about 1.5 hours, which will tell you... more »
Hiking trails, nature, wildlife. Very fun to go with the kiddos who are mobile or in carrier. Trails may be a bit difficult for strollers. more »
A great place for bird watching. We go almost every weekend. Convenient for handicapped because you are able to see several different kinds of water birds from your vehicle. Also, an occasional bald eagle, blue Herron, or egret. You need a good pair of binoculars. Birds are often just a few feet away. Nice parking area.
There are two trails at Baskett Slough. One trail, open year round, is a memorial loop in honor of an Oregon conservationist who was a big part of the wildlife refuge and who was tragically killed on flight 93 on 9/11/2001. It's a short loop with a little elevation gain. There is a spur from the loop to a nice viewing platform. We hiked on 4/2, two days after the seasonal trail opened for the season. Most of it is a pretty primitive trail - just mown grass - with the exception of a walk along paved road near the water. Spring rain has made the grassy mown path pretty muddy and wet, so plan ahead with your footwear. The walk back up Mt. Baldy is pretty steep but doesn't take too long, and there's plenty of space to catch your breath along the grassy slope. We saw several people with binoculars and birding guidebooks and heard quite a few birds. The geese still down in the slough were fun to watch and hear. A great hike on a nice day, but plan for mud in spring and that the outer trail down to the slough and Morgan Lake is closed October 1-March 31.
A gem hiding in plain sight. A great family hike in an hour or less.
A great place to stop and view nature. Fantastic views
Photography speaking I have never been thrilled here unless there is some sort of unusual weather going on. I have friends that love to photograph birds and really like it here, but again I really only find that interesting here with unusual weather. The place is just too plain and boring. My last trip out, 2 days ago, there was snow and I had a blast. I like going here (just outside as it is closed after dark) for dark skies. The trails were difficult (fun though) when I walked them but that was because it had been raining and they were muddy and slick.
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