Tundra swan are a frequent sight on Carty Lake. Photo ©Linda Severson

Tundra swan are a frequent sight on Carty Lake. Photo ©Linda Severson

Public Access Improvement at Ridgefield NWR

Port Entry and Carty Lake Trail

Now that the Port of Ridgefield has seen a recovery from its days as a timber processing site, a vision is underway for a thriving hub of community activity. Even before that vision unfolds, we are preparing the Refuge for a new point of entry, one that will connect you from the Port, directly to Carty Lake.

Improvement of this entry point includes interpretive kiosks, a lake overlook platform, and a small trail network outside the fee area, in case you just want to come in for a peek. From this point, you will also be able to walk a new trail that travels around Carty Lake and connects with the Oaks-to-Wetlands Trail at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. The Carty Lake trail will open May 1, 2019, and will be a seasonal trail open annually between May 1st and September 30th.

Latest Update

“Experience Carty Lake Like Never Before” April 29, 2019

Key Dates

May 1st, 2019: The Carty Lake trail opened for the first time. This is a seasonal trail that will remain open through Birdfest and Bluegrass the first weekend in October. After the festival, it will close until May 1st, 2020 to provide sanctuary for wintering waterfowl.

Take a tour of the new trail in this video: