"Wildlife Refuge is of Primary Interest Here" Six Corners by glabah
Six Corners Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 62 photos
The only item of any significant interest to travelers in the Six Corners area is the Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge. There is a reasonably good visitors center (complete with indoor and outdoor viewing areas, a store featuring general wildlife information and items specific to the Willamette Valley and this refuge, indoor public restrooms, and interpretive exhibits), a trail that is open all year, and access roads that are open to the public during the summer months. A significant portion of the wildlife refuge is closed all year.
The all year trail connects to several places of interest inside the refuge, including the raised observation platform on the north side of the refuge, and a much smaller observatin platform at the Tualatin River itself.
But for those who brave the winter weather and visit the refuge, you will find there is much here of interest - assuming you are interested in the type of birds and animals that are attracted to this refuge.
Despite the heavily suburban environment surrounding the refuge, there are still deer and coyote that visit here. You can tell by the excrement left on the trails that they are around. I have yet to actually see any of them here, but it is obvious they come. The annual calendar and the refuge photo album features photographs of mink, weasels, and other wildlife that most visitors don't see - but they do come often enough for one or two people to get photos.
In many places, VirtualTourist now has the national wildlife refuges as part of its database. This is the case for such places as the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, but it is not the case of Tualatin River. Therefore, I have put it under the Six Corners location, since other than the refuge there really isn't much in that area of significant interest.
The refuge visitor's center closes around 4 pm every day, as there are only so many volunteers available to staff the store and desk. During the hours the refuge office is closed, flush toilets and drinking fountains are now available at a new restroom facility constructed at the primary trailhead near the parking lot. Up until 2010 the restroom facilities here were only a typical refuge pit toilet, with the only flush toilets being inside the refuge visitor's center. However, as of late 2010, the pit toilet has been removed and replaced with a new education shelter / maintenance shed / restroom facility.
Pictured here is a map of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge - or at least of the part of the refuge that can be publicly visited. There are some very extensive pieces to the refuge that are not open to public visitation, and are only vaguely hinted from the public maps.
One possible way of getting to visit parts of the refuge that most people would not be able to visit is to volunteer with helping to do wildlife restoration here. This would also help you with helping the refuge become and even more interesting place to visit.
- Pros:Home of the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge.
- Cons:Rest of area is unattractive sprawl type development with crowded roads and noisy intersections.
- In a nutshell:The wildlife refuge is really the only reason a tourist has to stop here, unless they happen to be hungry enough to stop at one of the restaurants near the highway.
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