Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

Plan Your Visit


Where is the Refuge?

Use this mapping tool to map your route to the Refuge, Driving Directions.

When is the refuge open?

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Daily - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Refuge is open everyday during daylight hours. Closing times for the automated gate system are posted on the gate at the refuge entrance.

Note: The eastern segment of the trail will be closed from October 1 to May 1 to reduce disturbance to wintering waterfowl.

Periodically, the refuge may be closed for scheduled maintenance or construction projects, or because weather conditions have created hazardous conditions. Look for updates on this website or Contact Us.

Did you know?

The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is accessed by public transportation. The Gorge West End Transit (WET) Bus stops at the Steigerwald Lake Refuge. Using the WET bus a visitor could bus to the Refuge and hike back to Washougal using Refuge trails. Visitors could also use the WET Bus to support a full day visit to the Refuge. Click here for the: WET Bus Schedule.

What can I do at the refuge?

  • Hike the the 2.75-mile Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail. The Gibbons Creek Wildlife Trail connects a trailhead just east of mile post 18 on the south side of S.R. 14 with the Columbia River Dike Trail along the southern boundary of the refuge along the Columbia River. Along the way, enjoy the wildlife of riparian woodlands, fields, wetlands, creeks, and lakes. The Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail has two major trail segments. The western segment of the trail is open year-round. The eastern segment will be closed during the winter months (October 1 to May 1) to reduce potential disturbance to wintering waterfowl of the Refuge is only open during the summer months.

    Please note that the new trail that crosses Steigerwald Lake NWR is for wildlife observation and offers 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, and runners are not allowed on the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail.

  • Visitor Facilities - Parking, information kiosks, and restroom facilities are located off of S.R. 14 just east of milepost 18. There are no drinking fountains available nor picnic areas.


Last updated: December 8, 2014