Cold Springs Reservoir

Hermiston, Oregon 97838 USA

“home to a national wildlife refuge heavily used by migrating waterfowl”

Cold Springs Dam and Reservoir are features of the Umatilla Project. The dam was completed  in 1908. The reservoir covers 1,600 acres with 12 miles of shoreline and is a national wildlife refuge heavily used by migrating waterfowl. A riparian component of willow and cottonwood provides refuge for birds, mammals, and other animals in this unique desert environment. Opportunities for recreation at the Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge include hiking, wildlife observation, bicycling, horseback-riding, fishing, boating and hunting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the lands, whereas the reservoir's water levels are regulated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The refuge is open from 5:00 a.m. to 1/2 hour after sunset. The entrance gates close automatically 1/2 hour after sunset. Most areas of the Refuge are very remote with no restroom or drinking water facilities. Refuge visitors should plan their trips accordingly. Firearms, bows and arrows, and other weapons are prohibited on the refuge, except for legal weapons used as permitted during designated hunting season. The following are prohibited on the refuge: dogs off-leash, camping, OHV use, and collection of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge.

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