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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge location and description
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately four miles
south of Cheney, Washington and twenty miles southwest of Spokane. To access the Refuge leave the city of Cheney on the Cheney-Plaza Rd, driving south to the sign for Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge at South Smith Rd, turning left .
The refuge encompasses 18,746 acres, of which approximately 2,300
acres are designated for public use.
The Refuge consists of four distinct habitats in the
channeled scabland topography - forest, grassland, wetlands and riparian habitats. The diverse habitats at
Turnbull make it a high quality site for breeding and migratory
waterfowl. There is also a rich diversity of plants and other
wildlife within the refuge. Visitors are encouraged to experience
Turnbull via the five and a half mile auto tour route, stopping at the study sites for short walks. There are also many miles of hiking trails within the visitor use area. Use the map below, or ask for more information in the Refuge Administration Building.
Visiting the Refuge and Passes
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service also participate in the America the Beautiful National Parks Pass and Federal Recreational Lands Pass programs. These passes provide access to more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, grasslands and other federal lands, which provide a wide variety of nature-based recreational opportunities for the American public.
4th Graders and families
In addition to the fee-free days, the nation’s fourth graders and their families can get one year free entry (from Septmeber 1 - Auigust 31) to all federal lands and waters through the Every Kid in a Park Initiative. Kids can get their vouchers online at https://www.everykidinapark.gov/. The vouchers can then be exchanged for a pass that provides free entry for the school year (9/1 - 8/31). Print and bring your voucher to the Refuge Administration building to exchange it for a pass.
Support Refuges and conservation by purchasing an Annual Duck Stamp.
If you enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, bird-watching, nature photography, clean air and clean water; please consider buying at least one Duck Stamp every year. There is no limit to the number of stamps you can buy.