Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Cheney

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The Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is located six miles (10 km) south of Cheney, Washington, on the eastern edge of the Columbia Basin in Spokane County in northeastern Washington. Turnbull NWR encompasses more than 18,000 acres (7,300 ha) of the Channeled Scablands. The ecosystem that predominates the refuge is unique within the National Wildlife Refuge System and has characteristics that distinguish it from natural reserves worldwide. The combination of basalt outcrops, channeled canyons, and ponderosa pine forests infused in a diverse landscape of over 130 marshes, wetlands, and lakes creates an environment of aesthetic beauty as well as high quality wildlife habitat. The refuge is named for Cyrus Turnbull who lived on the site in the 1880s.
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  • See wildlife up close and on many cases up close before you arrive to the complex it's self . Make sure you take the auto tour  more »
  • Great driving loop and many nice hikes, almost no one here the two times we went. Mostly saw various birds and no large animals  more »
  • First time here, we did the vehicle tour and saw a Moose 5mins in. Lots of Dragonfly's a ducks, very beautiful and we will definitely be coming back later this month to have a picnic when there will be more to possibly see. Highly recommend you stop by, gift shop has some great things for both adults and kid's. It closes at 4:00 and is opened only Saturday's and Sunday's.
  • Trails are well maintained and easy to follow. The refuge is beautiful. There are many species of birds to see and an occasional moose.

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