You’ll be seeing the Refuge in a whole new way along the Gibbons Creek Art Trails once the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project is complete.

You’ll be seeing the Refuge in a whole new way along the Gibbons Creek Art Trails once the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project is complete.

Public Access Improvement at steigerwald lake NWR

Parking and Trail Reconfiguration

The Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project at Steigerwald Lake NWR also means a significant opportunity for a new visitor experience. The existing parking lot and trailhead will be relocated a little bit to the West of its current location, positioned behind the levee that will be in place to ensure water doesn’t encroach on the water treatment plant adjacent to the Refuge.

This change means the long, straight beginning to the Gibbons Creek Trail will be moved to an elevated vantage point to ensure it stays above the new water line. You’ll get an expansive view of the Refuge like you’ve never had before.

Reconnecting the Refuge to the Columbia River also means the dike trail along the river will be breached in a couple of locations. A new, meandering trail will be installed, including a couple of small footbridges over the connection points to the river. A project of this size will mean significant disruption to Refuge access, so check back for closure updates as the project begins late 2019.


Key Dates

Summer 2019: The Refuge will experience periodic, temporary closure of the parking area and a portion of the Gibbon Creek Art Trail (between Hwy 14 and the stand of cottonwood trees). This is due to preparation work for the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project.