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Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood
(4.6/5 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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  • This park is close to home, so I visit several times a year. The trails are easy, but there aren't enough of them (probably to protect the natural habitat). You either need to walk all around the park...  more »
  • 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:...  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...  more »
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  • I love strolling the paths in this refuge. As others have noted it's pretty flat so you won't get a real workout, but most of the time you can see a great variety of wildlife. Be aware that during migration season they greatly restrict the trails you can walk on.
  • 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.
  • Lege artis Wildlife Center with the amazing historic exhibit hall, Nature's Overlook, outdoor education shelter, on top of well-maintained trails. Any expert advise & guidance you might need is available on site :) A must stop on your way anywhere around Portland.
  • I love how different everything is there. There's a swamp, forest, river, and a dry high dessert