Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region
 

Recreation

Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail

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On Sunday, June 14, 2009, the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail opened to the public. The 2.25-mile Gibbons Creek Wildlife Trail starts at a trailhead just east of mile post 18 on the south side of S.R. 14 with an existing trail along the southern boundary of the refuge on the Columbia River dike, for a total of 2.75 miles. Along the way, enjoy the wildlife of riparian woodlands, fields, wetlands, creeks, and lakes.

The northern (eastern) portion of the trail is closed from October 1 through April 30 to protect wintering waterfowl. The southern (western) portion is open year-round for your enjoyment.

Please use the 'Quick Links' at the top of this page for directions to the trailhead. You may see interpretive art elements along the trail, which are planned for interpretation by a brochure sometime in the future.

Please note that the primary purpose for the Refuge trail is for wildlife observation, so it allows different public uses than the adjoining Columbia River Dike Trail. The Columbia River Dike Trail allows running, bicycling, horseback riding, and leashed pets. While the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail is reserved specifically for hiking and wildlife observation. Therefore, pets, horses, bikes, motorized recreational equipment, and runners are not allowed on the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail.

wrenWildlife observation and photography

Steigerwald Lake Refuge supports breeding neotropical birds, and migrating and wintering ducks, geese, and other birds. Visitors may enjoy viewing refuge wildlife and scenes of the Columbia River by accessing the Columbia River Dike Trail at nearby Captain William Clark Park, just west of the refuge on Port of Camas-Washougal property. The location of Steigerwald Lake Refuge near the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge occasionally offers unique wildlife observation opportunities. The Columbia River Gorge represents a low elevation cut through the Cascade Mountains. Birds typically found on the east side of Washington State periodically use the Gorge as a migration corridor. As these birds emerge from the Gorge, they can be found at Steigerwald Lake Refuge. Strays for the eastside of the State include kingbirds, phoebes, Lewis's woodpeckers, burrowing owls, and nighthawks.

 

Birding Hikes

Join a Refuge volunteer naturalist for a series of birding hikes on Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuges. This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your birding skills while enjoying Refuge trails. All hikes start at the respective trail head. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot early.

Guided Birding Hikes
Date Location Trip Leader
Ridgefield NWR; Carty Unit
April 26, 2014; Saturday Oaks to Wetlands Trail RE
May 17, 2014; Saturday Oaks to Wetlands Trail RE
June 7, 2014; Saturday Oaks to Wetlands Trail RE
Ridgefield NWR; River 'S' Unit
May 3, 2014; Saturday Kiwa Trail RE
May 24, 2014; Saturday Kiwa Trail RE
June 14, 2014; Saturday Kiwa Trail RE
Steigerwald Lake NWR
April 20, 2014; Sunday Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail RE
May 10, 2014; Saturday Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail RE
May 31, 2014; Saturday Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail RE
Pierce NWR    
April 19, 2014 Pierce Refuge RF
May 3, 2014 Pierce Refuge RF
May 18, 2014 Pierce Refuge RF
June 7, 2014 Pierce Refuge RF
Details: All hikes start at the respective trailhead at 0800 and last approximately 3 hours. Please dress for the weather and come prepared for several hours of trail hiking and birdwatching.
Reservations Required: Space is limited, so please reserve your spot early. For reservations, or for additional details, please contact Eric Anderson at (360) 887-4106 or eric_anderson@fws.gov.
Trip Leader: Ron Escano (RE); Randy Fortish (RF)
Other Opportunities: Backyard Birdshop, Portland Audubon, and Friends of the Columbia River Gorge may additionally offer guided hikes on the Refuges of the Ridgefield Complex. Please consult their websites and newsletters for additional opportunities.

 

Guided Bat Walks

A unique opportunity to discover the beauty of the Refuge after hours - use your ears, not your eyes as we use a bat detector to locate bats and listen for other nighttime residents!

Date & Time Location
August 10; 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Steigerwald Lake NWR, Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail
August 11; 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Steigerwald Lake NWR, Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail
August 18; 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Steigerwald Lake NWR, Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail
Reservations Required: Space is limited, so please reserve your spot early. For reservations, or for additional details, please contact Eric Anderson at (360) 887-4106 or eric_anderson@fws.gov.

 

 

 

Last updated: January 22, 2014