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Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Dallas
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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.
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  • Great, open Reserve. Lot's of wildlife, and hiking. Nice, imformative Gazebo for inside observation. 
  • We go through basket slough a few times a year. It's so beautiful and peaceful out there. You can see all kinds of birds and wildlife out there. It's also home to the largest population of the endange...  more »
  • Great hiking for family and dog. Very relaxing. Have returned a few times. Lots of wildlife and flora. Have hiked in with picnic lunch. Nice! 
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  • Went out the Baskett Slough last weekend. As of October 1st (until March), the second half of the trail closes to allow migratory birds and animals to live, uninterrupted by human activity. I went on no particularly special day for a small hike and to try out some photography gear. Overall, it was relaxing and quiet - felt like I was a lot further away from people. The entire loop took about 45-60 min due to stopping and taking in the wildlife.
  • I love hiking here! One of my favorite places.
  • Nice area but the hiking trail is too crowded.
  • Lovely place for viewing birds and scenery since you can get high up and see really far around the valley. Be careful in wooded areas, lots of poison oak just beside the trails. If you walk the complete 4 mile loop, the further reaches are lower and flatter and more exposed, though you'll be near to a couple of ponds where you might see water birds up close.
  • Baskett Slough Wildlife refuge. Has interpretive center. Designated walking trails.