Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

This listing is provided by Visit Eastern Oregon

Call ahead This experience may be open for on-site visitation; however, offerings and/or operating procedures may have changed due to COVID-19. Please verify details before you go and visit the COVID-19 Resources page for more information.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon’s High Desert, is a true bird watching gem. Thousands of migrating birds stop here in the fall and in the spring to rest and feed on the 187,000 acres of wetlands, riparian areas and meadows managed by the refuge (Check for bird arrival schedule). 

The refuge also features a visitor Information building and a museum. Refuge Headquarters is located on the south side of Malheur Lake and is about 32 miles southeast of Burns, Oregon. 

The refuge and museum are open daily from dawn until dusk. The Visitors Center is open year round Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 4:00pm From mid-April to mid-October the visitor center is open 7 days a week. This schedule is subject to closing on federal holidays.

The Crane’s Nest Nature Center & Store is open 7 days a week from March 1 – November 1.