Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood

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The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a wetlands and lowlands sanctuary in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Oregon. Established in 1992 and opened to the public in 2006, it is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Located in southeastern Washington County, 15mi southwest of Portland, the refuge is bordered by Sherwood, Tualatin and Tigard. A newer area, extending into northern Yamhill County, is located further west near the city of Gaston surrounding the former Wapato Lake.Part of the network of National Wildlife Refuges (NWR), the Tualatin River refuge is one of only ten urban refuges in the United States. Habitats in the refuge include forested areas, wetlands, oak and pine grassland, and meadows, with mixed deciduous and coniferous forests common to Western Oregon. The refuge was established as an urban refuge to provide wetland, riparian, and upland habitats for a variety of migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, fish and other resident wildlife. The refuge is home to nearly 200 bird species and more than 70 other animal species.A visitor center with exhibits and information about the refuge was opened in 2008 off of Oregon Route 99W near Sherwood in the Portland metropolitan area. Next to the center is the refuge's headquarters and an observation deck overlooking seasonal ponds. The refuge has nearly five miles of wildlife interpretive trails open to the public. Up to 50,000 waterfowl can be seen at the refuge during the winter months when officials flood portions of the refuge.
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  • Love to get away here at lunchtime or on the weekend with a friend when you don't want to drive out very far.  more »
  • took out of town guests on a walking tour of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Even my 75 year old father-in-law had a good time and was able to walk on the (many) flat paths easily. the pa...  more »
  • Just north of Sherwood and off 99W, this seems like an unlikely location for a nature walk. However, we found this to be a great spot to walk and observe wildlife. The visitor center was open and volu...  more »
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  • What a beautiful and serene place. And it's so very close to the city :-) This place is beautiful and just outside of Tigard on 99. It's modern and updated and has clean bathrooms. You can walk around and view the wildlife through binoculars or by sight if your eyes are good. The landscapes are absolutely magnificent with great open spaces of sky and magnetic trees like something out of a postcard. The parking and the exhibit are free. That's right free :-) and educational for kids. It makes for a great field trip. You can walk around and look at plaques telling you about the Tualatin river valley. This place is great for a stop on a day trip. I highly suggest stopping and checking it out!
  • Absolutely gorgeous Wildlife Refuge with nice walking path on the the Watershed. Great interpretive Center and gift shop. Enjoy just going by myself but would be awesome to take kids as well. Heads up though, no dogs allowed. It disturbs the waterfowl...
  • William and Michelle are fantastic! We walked right in to the visitor center and they got us all set up. They gave us a discovery backpack full of really useful information binoculars and fun stuff for the kids to identify along the trail. I highly recommend getting the binoculars in the discovery back they changed our experience tremendously especially because we brought little kids. You can do all the paths with the stroller as they are crushed granite. There was something new around each corner and I was very impressed with how well the trails were maintained giving that it is the end of January. I highly recommend coming here just to get some fresh air and a good walk about with the kids. We will definitely be coming back!
  • I love this refuge, always has a wide variety of avian wildlife to watch in their natural habitat. The staff have always been kind to my service dog and I (and they are aware that service dogs are permitted in the refuge). They put the health of the wildlife first and that's important to me.
  • Great place to go birding! We picked up 30 different species! The place is very well kept. You do not have to worry about muddy trails because every path is graveled. The signs on the trails are also enjoyable to red, especially for children. Overall it was a nice 3 mile walk!
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