22 Mar Did you know the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is a benefit of the Columbia Basin Project?
Comprising nearly 30,000 acres, Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is a scenic mixture of rugged cliffs, canyons, lakes, grasslands and sagebrush. The combination of lakes and surrounding irrigated croplands, combined with generally mild winters and the protection provided by the refuge, attracts large numbers of migrating and wintering mallards, Canada geese, tundra swans and other waterfowl.
Columbia is open to most uses seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. Some of the refuge is open year-round. Some is closed year-round. And some of the refuge is only open from March 1 to September 30 to provide sanctuary for wintering waterfowl.
Columbia NWR offers a chance to unplug and reconnect with the world around us. With dozens of lakes, numerous trails, and abundant wildlife, visitors have a variety of activities available. The dramatic landscape is sure to spark an interest in the geologic forces that shaped the refuge, while the constant migration of birds makes the refuge a special place to view wildlife. Regardless of your interests, Columbia has something to offer.
Learn more at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/columbia