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Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Marsh Lake

Central Washington > Potholes Region
47.3865, -121.3848
Length
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
0 feet
Highest Point
1060 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Birds on one of the lakes at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Bob and Barb. Full-size image
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Refuge Entrance Pass

The interpretive trail around Marsh Lake is a lovely, short stroll around a large lake in Central Washington. You may see migrating birds or just get a load of the lovely grasslands here. Continue reading

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Hiking Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Marsh Lake

The interpretive trail around Marsh Lake is a lovely, short stroll around a large lake in Central Washington. You may see migrating birds or just get a load of the lovely grasslands here.

The Marsh Loop is about two miles long with very little elevation change. Hikers here will follow Crab Creek and circle two marshes, remaining in the lowlands near wetland habitat.

Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Marsh Lake

Map & Directions

Before You Go

This trail is open from March 1 through September 30

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Refuge Entrance Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Moses Lake, head south on SR 17 for 2 miles and turn right onto Road M SE. Proceed south for 6.4 miles, then turn right onto SR 262. After 2.3 miles, turn left at the Columbia NWR sign post, onto Soda Lake Road, directly across from the large boat launch on the Potholes Reservoir. Proceed south for 2.2 miles, then turn right at the junction onto Upper Goose Lake Access Road. Bear left at 0.2 miles and then turn left after a further 0.5 mile onto S. Morgan Lake Road. The trailhead is on the right (west) side after a final 1.0 mile, 15 total miles from Moses Lake. Space for a dozen vehicles. No facilities of any kind.

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Trailhead

Central Washington > Potholes Region

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Marsh Lake

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