Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Turnbull's Wetlands

    Turnbull's abundant wetlands and expansive skies define this landscape.

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    Hoary Bat

    The beautiful hoary bat is just one of the 11 species of bats found at Turnbull.


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    Trumpeter Swans

    Turnbull's trumpeter swans are a big attraction for the visiting public.

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    Biscuits & Swales

    Numerous species of flora abound in this rare and unique habitat.

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    Mallard Drake

    Twenty-five waterfowl species use Turnbull as nesting or migratory stopover habitat.

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Special Features & Events

Proposed Youth Hunting Opportunity

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The comment period for the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge draft hunting compatibility determination closed on April 30, 2020. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service would like to thank everyone who provided comments. We are currently in the process of reviewing comments. While we are no longer accepting comments, the draft is still available to provide everyone a chance to familiarize themselves with the proposed actions. Please continue to check this site for additional information and decisions on the proposed action. Comments on proposed changes to sport hunting and fishing regulations for the 2020-21 season (, covering all National Wildlife Refuge and Fish Hatcheries nationwide, are being accepted through June 8, 2020.

Youth Hunting Compatibility Determination

2019 Turnbull NWR Photo Contest Winner


And the winner is...a great shot of a porcupine by photographer Tina Penny and the winner of Turnbull's 2019 photography contest. Tina's porcupine photo will be featured on the 2020 Refuge Annual Pass. For more information on how you can enter this year's photo contest, please follow the link below. Good luck!

2020 Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest

Monarchs and Milkweed

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This large, black and orange butterfly is likely one of the most iconic insects in the world. The monarch's annual life cycle and migration, its total reliance on milkweeds to complete this cycle and the spectacular aggregations of millions of monarchs at overwintering sites in Mexico and California are legendary. The monarch has been the subject of numerous books, research papers, classroom programs, and science fair projects for decades. This popular and once abundant species is now, however, in jeopardy. To learn more about this beautiful butterfly, please follow the link below.

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Turnbull NWR Announces

Duck the Fee Station

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Do you have an Annual or lifetime pass? If so, you have the option of flying by the fee station by registering on line prior to your visit. You can also simply scan the QR code on the Duck the Fee poster at the entrance fee kiosk to register using your smartphone.

Duck the Fee Station Form

About the Complex

Inland Northwest NWR Complex

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Inland Northwest NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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