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Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

Take two boardwalk trails in this guide for some amazing bird watching in this beautiful wildlife refuge south of Salem
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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  This wildlife refuge just south of Salem is home to a wide variety of bird species. In this guide you will find two very nice... more »

Tips:  Take exit 243 off of I-5 and follow Wintel Road south around a bend and then keep your eye out for the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge Sign and... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Rail Trail Loop

On this loop you will find yourself on a boardwalk to a wildlife blind and then continue on around Wood Duck Pond. Keep an eye out for herons and ospreys on this loop. The trail around the pond is only open April 1st to September 30th past the observation blind. It is best to travel in a clockwise direction around Wood Duck Pond.

2. Pintail & Egret Marsh Boardwalk

This short quarter mile boardwalk will bring you to another wildlife blind with views over Egret Marsh. Keep your eye out for egrets obviously as well as herons and other waterfowl.