Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwestern Oregon, 10 miles (16 km) west of Salem in Polk County. 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. Today, the valley is a mix of farmland and growing cities, with few areas remaining for wildlife. 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.To visit Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge and other attractions in Dallas, use our Dallas visit planner.
Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge Reviews
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 Vineya... more »
We visit it almost every weekend. A great place to see a variety of waterfowl right from your vehicle. It depends on the season as to what and the numbers you will see. Mid to late summer probably is ... 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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