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McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Central Washington


Central Washington -- Tri-Cities
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2.0 miles, roundtrip


Highest Point: 350 ft.


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This National Wildlife Refuge consists of a chain of wetland marshes adjacent to the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers.

This unique ecosystem is an important habitat to a variety of waterfowl and other bird species. This area is primarily protected as wildlife habitat, but is open to visitors who would like to hike, horseback ride, hunt and fish. 

For hikers there is a 2-mile interpretive trail that loops around Burbank Slough. The first couple thousand feet of this trail are wheelchair accessible.  Two other 4-mile trails are primarily used by horseback riders, but hikers can also travel on these routes. 

In addition to these trails there are around 21 miles of access roads, which are open to public access for driving or walking. Depending on the year, some of these roads are closed, so be sure to check at the McNary Environmental Education Center for the latest. 


McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.2011, -118.9931 Open map in new window


Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes: Washington (Bauer & Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Walla Walla

Getting There

From the City of Pasco head east on W A St. (Highway 397) for about 2.5 miles, then turn right onto US-12 for about 2 miles. Take the exit on the right for WA-124 and stay right at the fork to merge onto WA-124. After less than half a mile turn right onto Ice Harbor Drive for a little under 2 miles to the Environmental Education Center entrance on the right.


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