Steigerwald Lake NWR

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Gorge Refuge Stewards

A Gorge-ous Place to Connect with Nature

Teeming with wildlife at the eastern edge of Camas and Washougal, Washington, this Refuge presents a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature along winding trails and view iconic wildlife along the mighty Columbia River. Over 200 of Clark County’s 300 bird species have been observed on this relatively small refuge.

Absent from the Refuge has been a direct connection to the Columbia River, as it once had. In the coming years, that connection will be in place once again, benefitting aquatic species like salmon and lamprey, while providing a more natural environment for migrating waterfowl and other bird and mammal species. This important project will also provide an opportunity to improve the visitor experience, creating new vantage points and chances to become immersed in the beauty of the Refuge.

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex, along with Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Further into the Columbia River Gorge, there are two more refuges that are part of the Complex, Pierce and Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuges. The refuges are “Complexed” for the purpose of management efficiencies and resource sharing. They are also all connected by a common natural resource, the Columbia River.