Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Dallas

#60 of 128 in Wildlife in Oregon
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is in northwestern Oregon, 10 miles (16 km) west of Salem in Polk County. The Refuge consists of 1,173 acres (4.75 km²) of cropland, which provide forage for wintering geese, 300 acres (1.2 km²) of forests, 550 acres (2.2 km²) of grasslands, and 500 acres (2.0 km²) of shallow water seasonal wetlands and 35 acres (0.14 km²) of permanent open water. In 1965, Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge was created to help ensure some of the original habitat remained for species preservation. The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Situated in open farmland near the eastern foothills of the Oregon Coast Range with the broad Willamette Valley and the Cascade Range to the east, elevations range from 185 to 414 feet (56 to 126 m) MSL. The Willamette Valley, with its mild, rainy winter climate, is an ideal environment for wintering waterfowl. The valley was once a rich mix of wildlife habitats with extensive wetlands, meandering stream channels and vast seasonal marshes. The valley is now a mix of farmland and growing cities, with few areas remaining for wildlife.

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  • Baskett Slough (pronounced "slew") is a lovely place to park and walk, or just view the amazing number of wild birds that make this spot their home.  more »
  • This National wildlife reserve features a beautiful hike through oak savanna and woodland, the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly, lots of birds, views of the nearby wineries, including Andante...  more »
  • Nice overlook. You need to go down the road to the trails to experience the full beauty
  • Absolutely gorgeous place to drive through or hike the trail to the look out. Always birds, and ofter other wildlife and critters. There was a golden eagle there last time we drove through! Take the extra 10 minutes to hop off the highway and detour through. It's well worth it.

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