Snag Boat Bend Wildlife Refuge

EASY 7 reviews

Snag Boat Bend Wildlife Refuge is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Halsey, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
62 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rails trails

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

This path will take you first over a boardwalk then along a mowed grass path around a big bend of the Willamette River. You'll see lots of songbirds, beaver activity, and ospreys circling above. At one point you'll be directly beneath an osprey nest with the amazing birds crying at you for being too close to their home. This is technically a loop trail but if you visit in spring time the water level of the river may be too high for you to cross back over.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

We enjoyed a nice walk there. There were no other people around.

hiking
5 months ago

I recorded the one-way hike from the gated road at the parking lot. I tried going the boardwalk way first, but encountered high water. Really nice walk! I think I had the whole refuge to myself this afternoon!

7 months ago

walking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

This is an appealing "out of the way" small wildlife refuge in a bend of the Willamette River. Only 2.5 flat miles out and back but offering peaceful scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities and just a nice, short, enjoyable outing. Peoria road is close by and road noise will sometimes interfere with what is otherwise a rather intimate setting.

walking
Tuesday, March 22, 2016