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Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Dallas

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read 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! 
  • Nice hike, not too long, nice viewpoint. Lots of open spaces and then it changes from open to woodsy. Comfortable hike for the not too athletic. 
  • 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.
  • Amazing place to enjoy wildlife
  • Most peaceful area and the migratory birds in the spring area beautiful
  • Absolutely fantastic place for low difficulty walks through hills and wildlife.
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