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Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 35 reviews on the web
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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  • I was visiting the area and tired of running paved trails downtown. According to my GPS this was "just outside of town" -- fortunately I left the dog at home, as the Refuge quite adamantly has posted:...  read more »
  • This location is beautiful for walking, jogging, sitting, bird watching and picnicking. Seasonally, the terrain changes, always revealing new things to explore. Usually get views of frogs, nutria, bea...  read more »
  • Family hiked at the Tualatin Refuge this morning and it was wonderful. Quiet and very few people out at 8:30am so better for birding. We saw ducks, herons, egret, mole, mother raccoon and her 2 juveni...  read more »
  • This is a awesome Nature Preserve that is roughly eighteen hundred acres so there is plenty of room to wonder as long as you stay on the beaten path. I would definitely recommend checking the rules before entering The Preserve. Remember pets are not allowed it is a nature preserve. This is wonderful for photographers and bird watchers there is a blind to observe birds and wildlife. Every time I have walked here I have seen wildlife. The seasonal Trail is roughly 3 miles from the start at the parking lot as far as the trail that's open year-round I am not sure but it is shorter. I would recommend this for a tranquil stroll.
  • This is our favorite place to walk in the area. It is also great for photography. We are never disappointed in what we see around us here, could be anything from birds, mammals and wildflowers. It is simply beautiful.
  • Great place to look at the wildlife. For some reason the farmers that live near the entrance keep using the bathroom there.
  • My wife and I love to go on walks here when the weather cooperates. The trails are as close to flat as it gets - can't call it a hike - but the scenery is quite lovely. The only downside is that the school field trips on the weekdays can make the main trail a bit crowded at times (weekday mid-mornings).
  • Great for a hike. Always some wildlife to see. Right on 99W
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