Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region




Refuge Update

Heavy equipment will be working near Gibbons Creek and SR14. Regular maintenance of the water diversion structure at this location has created a mound of surplus river rock. This rock will be loaded and transported to Ridgefield Refuge on February 2tn, 5th, and 6th. The rock will be used for future projects at Ridgefield. Please stay clear of the work area near the creek.


Located on the Columbia River, near the town of Washougal, Washington, the 1,049-acre Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge consists of historic riverine floodplain habitat, semi-permanent wetlands, cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures, and remnant stands of Oregon white oak.

The refuge lies partly within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and has been designated as the location for a "Gateway to the Gorge" visitor center. No funding for the Gateway/visitor center has been secured, however, the refuge opened the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail in June 2009 for your enjoyment. These facilities offer parking, kiosks, trail, restrooms and other visitor amenities.

Current Events

The Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards is a Friends organization helping to preserve and maintain the Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuges. This organization also offers current events and numerous volunteer opportunities. To learn more or become a member please visit: Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards.

Steigerwald Lake NWR Oaks Addition

The USFWS has completed a Final Land Protection Plan and Environmental Assessment to expand the current approved refuge boundary for Steigerwald Lake NWR by approximately 88 acres. The approval of these documents and a Finding of No Significant Impact allows the USFWS to work with willing sellers to acquire approximately 88 acres of oak savanna and woodland habitat. Please visit the Steigerwald Lake NWR Oaks Addition LPP/EA/FONSI for more details.

Volunteers Needed

For more information, please click on the link Get Involved in the left column of this page.

Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail

The northern (eastern) segment of the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail is closed from October 1 through April 30 to protect wintering waterfowl. The southern (western) segment is open year-round.

Follow this link to learn more: Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail.


Last updated: January 30, 2015