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Refuge Stewards

Binos Gorge Stewards

Even though Franz Lake NWR is closed it does not mean you can not get involved to help conserve habitat and wildlife in the area. The best way to get involved is to help the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, whose mission is to support the three refuges in the Columbia Gorge.

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About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of four National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Washington State – Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake.

Franz Lake is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife From Afar


The Refuge is a popular place for wintering tundra swans, which may be viewed from an observation platform along State Route 14 near milepost 31.5. The refuge observation platform in the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area offers views of waterfowl and lush wetland landscapes amid a backdrop of the waterfalls and rugged canyon walls of the Columbia River Gorge. In keeping with the refuge's unique habitat attributes and wildlife value, public access to Franz Lake is limited to research and management needs.

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Page Photo Credits — Swans Flying - ©Gary Grossman, Warbler - ©Douglas Beall, Tree - ©Michael Hersen, Tundra swan - ©Jim Cruce
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2015
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