Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Princeton

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Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge located roughly 30 miles (48 km) south of the city of Burns in Oregon's Harney Basin. Administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge area is roughly T-shaped with the southernmost base at Frenchglen, the northeast section at Malheur Lake and the northwest section at Harney Lake.

The refuge was created in 1908 by order of President Theodore Roosevelt to protect habitat for diverse waterfowl and migratory birds, and grew to encompass 187,757 acres (760 km2; 293 sq mi) of public lands. A popular site for birding, fishing, hunting and hiking, the refuge gained widespread attention in early 2016 after its headquarters complex was occupied by armed anti-government protesters.

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  • Such a well cared-for, precious wildlife refuge, a haven for birders (we are newbies) with an illustrated interpretive road to follow by car while learning about the history, flora and fauna of the.....  more »
  • I saw the great reviews, but didn’t do my due diligence . . . The 3 map sources I referenced showed a large body of water. Well it sure wasn’t on the first Friday in October. I had noted on one of.....  more »
  • A good daytrip to drive loop. Best season is spring when there is lots of water and birds. Consider camping or staying in a room at Crystal Crane Hot springs. Yes in October visitor center still...  more »

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