Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood

#30 of 44 in Wildlife in Oregon
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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  • 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 »
  • The is a short drive from downtown Portland. The parking is free and the staff were knowledgeable and went above and beyond. The pathways are easy to walk and lots of opportunities to see the American...  more »
  • It was free to get in and free parking . We went into the visitor center and the volunteer were very nice and really helpful. The power had gone out do to a windstorm the day before but the reserve wa...  more »
  • This was our first visit - just 2 days shy of the summer season path being opened. That might be better so that you can walk in a full circle. We loved just being out in nature and had fun looking for animals, We saw a raccoon, bald eagle, lots of birds, salamanders (newts?), bull frogs, etc. Great time with a young family.
  • Great urban wildlife refuge. Large wetlands with numerous waterfowl ├ánd other wetland species. Nice visitor center and multiple education programs.
  • Quiet and nice singing birds, don't go in the heat! Too mugggy
  • Nice mated pair of bald eagles with a nest right in the middle of the refuge. Were there once when tons of little garter snakes trying to warm themselves in the fall sun.
  • Fantastic birding and a gorgeous visitors center. Bring your binoculars!

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