Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

In the News

Welcome Officer Ryan Wagner!

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We are very excited to welcome a new member of our Refuge team, Senior Wildlife Officer Ryan Wagner. Ryan will be supporting Refuges in the Portland area including Franz Lake NWR. He brings a thorough knowledge of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with local, county, state, and federal agencies as well as experience in working on and around Urban National Wildlife Refuges. Staff, volunteers, and community partners are very excited to work with Ryan to protect the natural resources in our beautiful and famous Columbia River Gorge.

Make A Difference

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.

Learn More About the Refuge Stewards

About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS