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Joyfully Connecting Our Community with the Wonder of the Refuge

Walk the Public unit of The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Just a few short miles from the center of Oregon's largest city, the honking of geese replaces the honking of cars. This special place is a refuge, a haven for wildlife and people.  Born of a community's dream and made possible by their support, a wildlife refuge now thrives in the backyard of a growing metropolitan area.               
Located on the outskirts of Portland, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is one of only a handful of urban national wildlife refuges in the country. Situated within the floodplain of the Tualatin River, the refuge comprises less than 1% of the 712 square mile watershed. Yet, due to it's richness and diversity of habitats, the refuge supports some of the most abundant and varied wildlife in the watershed.

The refuge is now home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish, and plants. The refuge has also become a place where people can experience and learn about wildlife and the places they call home. 

Print out the handy trail map before you visit. Use it to explore the refuge.  Keep up to date with the current Refuge status when you take a look at Refuge 2020 website.  The Refuge is open dawn to dusk every day and is free to the public.

Refuge Overview and Accesibility

For an overview of our trails, Tualatin River NWR is now profiled on the Access Recreation website. Access Recreation was developed to help people with disabilities get accessibility details about local trails. Each profile includes maps, directions, and video details about a trail site.

Watch this overview video and then visit our profile on the Access Recreation's website for more details. Please note that this video was created in 2017 and the links are out of date. Corrected links follow the video.


The Refuge Visitor Center

Visit the Refuge Visitor Center and enjoy:

  • Friendly knowledgeable Friends Volunteers to greet you and answer your questions
  • The informative displays
  • The Friends Nature's Overlook Store with wetland viewing area complete with seating area and spotting scopes
  • Inside the Visitor Center there is also the Educational classroom where many of our programs are held and the Riparian room where meetings and classes convene.
  • Gallery wall display across from the restrooms.
  • Photos from on the refuge
  • Informational kiosk
  • Restrooms

Map and Directions

The Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge is located just 20 minutes from downtown Portland. Visit the Wildlife Center, Nature's Overlook store, Environmental Education Shelter, and Refuge offices. Print out the handy trail map before you visit. Use it to explore the refuge.

Google map to the Visitor Center

By Car
From the North: Drive southbound on Highway 99W and continue through the town of King City. Approximately .7 miles beyond the Cipole Rd traffic light, turn right into the refuge. Look for brown highway guide signs.

From the South: Drive northbound on Highway 99W, approximately 1 mile north of Tualatin-Sherwood Road. Look for brown highway guide signs directing you to make a U-turn in order to enter into the refuge.

By Bus
Visitors can also take Tri-Met bus route 94 to the Refuge entrance on Highway 99W. 

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