Resource Management


Franz Lake is among the largest and most intact riverine wetland systems remaining in the Columbia River Gorge.

The refuge's mosaic of wetlands containing wapato, spikerush, and bulrush provides 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 continue to nourish the wetland complex. Future management plans include enhancing and restoring wetlands, connecting forests, and protecting native fish resources.