Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge is located in the fertile Willamette Valley of northwestern Oregon . The Refuge is situated in open farmland near the confluence of the Santiam and Willamette rivers in the middle of the broad Willamette Valley . Elevations range between 180 to 290 feet msl. The Willamette Valley , with its mild, rainy winter climate, is an ideal environment for wintering waterfowl. The Refuge consists of 1,765 acres of cropland, which provide forage for wintering geese, 600 acres of riparian forests, and 500 acres of shallow water seasonal wetlands As with the other refuges within the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Complex, the primary management goal of Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge is to provide high quality wintering habitat for geese, especially the dusky Canada goose , to ensure healthy, viable goose populations while minimizing goose browse damage to crops on private agricultural lands. Ankeny NWR also provides habitat for a wide variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Wildlife/wildlands observation, photography, hiking, and environmental education and interpretation are the major public use activities allowed on the Refuge. Habitat improvement and restoration are essential for the continued survival of wildlife populations in the Willamette Valley . If you are interested in restoring your lands to native habitat, such as wetlands, prairies, grasslands or upland oak/savannas, please click on the following link " Partnership for Fish and Wildlife " for further information. Hours: Sunrise to sunset
this is listed as a loop trail, but half of the loop is on mowed down grass where it almost feels like trespassing. The grassy part is not very stroller friendly for parents. The grassy part is closed for several months starting October 1. It's a nice short kid friendly boardwalk if your looking for a there and back. I look forward to going back at a different season. The kids love it.
Oregon_lifer_ 5. on Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge: Rail Trail Loop
Loved the bridge hiking. Needs some work on some of it but different kind of hike.
We went with the kids today, we have one child that has foot / ankle issues so it was wonderful to be able to include her on a "hike"
We saw lots of birds, and were in awe of the swamps. We will definitely do this one again.
Cheryl A. on Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge: Rail Trail Loop
Nice to see water at Ankeny NWR. Last year was very dry. More people than birds. Frozen marsh was beautiful. Wish people knew to be quiet in birding areas...
Definitely for strolling. It's lovely. There is a raised wooden footpath through a marsh. Lots of birds: ducks, geese mostly but did see a bald eagle and listened to a lovely little bird singing. I have gone in the winter and early spring and I plan to return in the fall to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves.
Quaint little boardwalk, but not a lot to offer for someone who isn't very interested in birds.
It was a pleasant walk but nothing more, but there weren't many birds around, maybe because of the time of year? I'm not sure, but someone who knows birds would know for sure.
No plans on coming back. :)