Columbia National Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington.

Located in the spectacular Columbia Basin in eastern Washington, Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is a scenic mixture of rugged cliffs, canyons, lakes, and arid sagebrush grasslands that attract migrating and wintering waterfowl, sandhill crane, neotropical migrants, and nesting birds.

The refuge's setting is the geological area known as the Channeled Scablands' an area formed when great glacial floods gouged through basalt layers, leaving distinctive canyons or "channels", rocky buttes, and cliffs. This area, known as the Drumheller Channels, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1986.

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Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately 3/4 of a mile north of the intersection of McManamon and Morgan Lake Roads, about 5 miles west of Othello, Washington. The office is usually open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays. However, the staff is small, so when employees are in the field, the office is closed. While we're not always there, we do have a brochure rack outside the gate at the office so that you can get a map of the refuge, look at the general rules and regulations, and determine what areas are open to the public.

Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is administered by the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Burbank, Washington (McNary National Wildlife Refuge). 64 Maple Street Burbank, Washington 99323 Telephone: (509) 546-8300

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