Named for the famed explorers, the landscape and rich wildlife of this Refuge have changed very little in the past 200 years. Modern-day explorers visit this Refuge to experience its wilderness qualities and enjoy the abundant wildlife resources. Native species of migratory birds, wild salmon, and other native plants and animals thrive where natural processes take precedence within the varied habitats of Sitka spruce swamps, riparian forest, tidal marshes, mudflats, and sand bars typical of the Columbia River estuary today and 200 years ago.
The Kilchis River is a stream, about 14 miles long, near the coast of northwest Oregon in the United States. It drains a mountainous timbered region of about 65 square miles in the Northern Oregon Coast Range west of Portland.