Franz Lake is among the largest and most intact riverine wetland system remaining in the Columbia River Gorge. The refuge's mosaic of wetland containing wapato, spikerush, and bulrush provide habitat for breeding, migration, and wintering waterfowl. Its system of streams, beaver dams, and seeps create refugia for the rearing of juvenile salmon. Management practice for Franz Lake will be directed at maintaining and monitoring the dynamic riverine process that formed and contine to nourish the wetland complex. Future management emphasis is on wetland enhancement, connecting fragmented forests, and protecting anadromous and native fisheries resources.