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General Information

Description - Umatilla NWR is an important migration and wintering area for waterfowl and other birds in the Columbia River Basin, with up to 150,000 ducks and 30,000 Canada geese resting and feeding on its land and water resources. Established in 1969 as mitigation for habitat lost through flooding caused by the construction of the John Day Dam on the Columbia River, Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge is a mecca for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Most areas of the refuge are very remote with no restroom or drinking water facilities. There is no public drinking water available. Refuge visitors should plan their trips accordingly.

Attractions - Umatilla NWR encompass native uplands, croplands, emergent marshes, riparian woodlands, backwater sloughs, and portions of the Columbia River. It is an important migration and wintering area for waterfowl and other birds in the Columbia River Basin, with up to 150,000 ducks and 30,000 Canada geese resting and feeding on its land and water resources.

The refuge also represents one of the few remaining areas supporting and preserving the native shrub community in Eastern Oregon and Washington.

The refuge is divided into six units, two in Oregon, three in Washington, and one 20-mile stretch of the Columbia River containing several important nesting islands for geese and colonial nesting birds. Mule deer, coyote, beaver, muskrat, raccoon, porcupine, and badger are also found throughout the refuge.

Recreation - Birdwatching and other wildlife observation are popular recreation opportunities in Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge.

Climate - The Cascades receive high amounts of precipitation throughout the year. Conditions become more extreme the higher you climb. During the winter months, expect very heavy snow and cold temperatures. During the summer months be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and chilly evening temperatures. Snow may be encountered on high country trails throughout the summer months.

Location - Umatilla National Wildlife refuge is located on the border of Oregon and Washington. To reach the Boardman Unit, take the Tower Road exit off Interstate 84 about 3 miles west of Boardman, Oregon.


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Contact Information:
Umatilla NWR, P.O. Box 700 , Umatilla, OR, 97882-0700, Phone: 541-922-3232
, gary_hagedorn@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Eastern Oregon - With a relatively small population, this huge region is truly one of the west's last great wide open spaces. Eastern Oregon is a land of high deserts cut by mountain ranges and canyons.
Oregon National Wildlife Refuges - Wildlife and scenery are the primary attractions at the National Wildlife Refuges in Oregon. The refuges range from islands off the Pacific coast to vast high desert tracts in eastern Oregon.

Links:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Official agency website.

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