"Morgan Reservoir Trail - open only seasonally" Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge Things to Do Tip by glabah

  Morgan Reservoir and Baskett Butte in Background
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  • Morgan Reservoir and Baskett Butte in Background - Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
      Morgan Reservoir and Baskett Butte in Background
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  • Entrance to Morgan Reservoir Trail and its parking - Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
      Entrance to Morgan Reservoir Trail and its parking
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  • Canada Geese on Morgan Reservoir from trail - Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
      Canada Geese on Morgan Reservoir from trail
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  • zoomed in on Canada Geese on Morgan Reservoir - Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
      zoomed in on Canada Geese on Morgan Reservoir
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  • farmland surrounding refuge from Morgan Res. Trail - Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
      farmland surrounding refuge from Morgan Res. Trail
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The entrance to this trail is a small gravel parking lot at the intersection of Smithfield Road and Livermore Road. The trail wanders through grass fields along the edge of Morgan Reservoir, which in the summer is a small pond but in the winter is a much larger area of water.

Wildlife is always somewhat unpredictable, and the reason why this trail is closed in the winter months is to keep people from disturbing wintering endangered bird life.

Thus, when the trail is open, you will find there is much less interesting here than there would be in the winter.

There were several ducks and geese on the pond during my June 20, 2009 visit. A great blue heron was fairly close by on the Moffitti Marsh, and bald eagles were seen on the Cackler Marsh. However, except for the very few ducks and geese, there wasn't much on the Morgan Reservoir itself. Yet, your experience may vary, with the movement of wildlife. The heron or the bald eagles could just as easily have been near this marsh.

The trail is approximately 1.6 miles (2.7 km) from one end to the other (double distances if you are going out and back). At the end of the trail, there are several options: take the Moffitti Marsh Trail back to the place you started, or take the Inter-Tie trail up the hill to the summit loop and the Rich Guadagno Observation Platform.

There are no restrooms along the trail or at the parking lot, but it is possible to access the Coville Road trailhead from the trail to the Rich Guadagno Observation Platform.

From the junction of highway 22 and 99W, go north on 99W. Somewhat over a mile from the junction (maybe closer to 2 miles), turn left onto Smithfield Road. The parking lot is at above intersection. From highway 22 go west past the intersection of 99W and highway 22. You will see the Highway 22 Observation Platform on your right. Turn right onto Smithfield Road about 1 mile west of Highway 22 observation platform. Smithfield Road is a gravel road, and you may not want to take it if you don't like driving on gravel.

Address: Livermore Road & Smithfield Road, Rickreall, Oreg.
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  • Updated Jun 25, 2009
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