Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge includes approximately
20 islands stretching over 27 miles (43.5 km) of the Columbia River, from
the mouth upstream nearly to Skamakowa, WA. Although seldom visited
by humans, people following in Lewis and Clark's footsteps (or paddles!)
are discovering this little-known refuge.
The Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge was established in
1972 to preserve the vital fish and wildlife habitat of the Columbia
River estuary. Riverine islands there range from tidal sand flats
and marshes to forested swamps and upland pasture. This combination
supports large numbers of waterfowl, gulls, terns, wading birds,
shorebirds, and a surprising variety of raptors and songbirds. The
Lewis and Clark islands are only accessible by boat.
Named for the famed explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, 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.
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