Parking and Partial Trail Closure at Steigerwald Lake NWR

Heavy equipment will be placing large woody debris in the floodplain restoration area between September 3rd and October 15th.

Heavy equipment will be placing large woody debris in the floodplain restoration area between September 3rd and October 15th.

Preparation work for the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project continues at the Refuge this September and October. This means a little more disruption to visitor access for a few weeks.

From September 3rd to October 15th, 2019, the parking lot on Hwy 14 and a portion of the Gibbons Creek Art Trail adjacent to the parking lot will be closed Monday through Friday at all times. You can continue to access an open portion of the trail by parking and walking in from William Clark Park in the Port of Washougal. The parking lot and full trail will be open on Saturdays and Sundays.

This map indicates what is closed Monday through Friday (get high-resolution JPG):

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The work being performed during this time is part of the initial stages of the larger floodplain restoration project. Contractors will be installing wood structures throughout the 55-acre alluvial fan site (yellow area on map) to increase fish habitat once Gibbons Creek is reconnected to Steigerwald Lake.

The closure is for visitor safety as heavy equipment will be moving throughout the trailhead and work area. Visitors may see equipment or staff in the field between the parking lot and Steigerwald Lake for the next couple of months.

Following this closure and all posted signs is greatly appreciated. And remember that you can continue to enjoy a large portion of the trail on weekdays by using the William Clark Trail from William Clark Park. On Saturdays and Sundays during this period the parking lot and complete Art Trail will be open.

Looking ahead, it will soon be time for the normal closure of the seasonal portion of the Gibbons Creek Art Trail on October 1st. We’ll post an updated map at the end of September, reflecting where you can continue to walk from October 1st through October 15th..