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    Refuge Open Dawn to Dusk!

    Automatic gates allow access to the refuge from dawn to dusk daily. Gate times are posted on this website and at the entrance.

    Plan Your Visit

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    Plankhouse Open Weekends

    Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 for tours of this full-scale Chinookan style cedar plankhouse.

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    Free pass for all 4th graders

    A federal lands pass for every 4th grader gets the whole family in for FREE! Call us to get find out how to get yours.

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    Experience the Refuge at Night

    Join us this summer for a unique opportunity to see the Refuge after hours.

    Naturalist Led Hikes

  • Urban Annual Report

    Urban Refuge Annual Report

    Local Refuges reach out to urban audiences and help grow partnerships. Read about the success!

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Public Notices

Access Projects

The Federal Highway Administration and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have been working together to make access to the refuge safer and more enjoyable to both vehicles and pedestrians. Follow the link below to learn more about plans for a new River S bridge as well as improved pedestrian access to the Carty Unit.

Federal Lands and Highways Project Summaries

About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex

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The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of four National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Washington State – Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake.

Ridgefield is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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Refuge 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 Ridgefield 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 community.

  • Lindsey Karr joins us to lead volunteers this summer.

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    Lindsey will be helping us to conserve our wetlands by leading volunteers in the removal of ricefield bulrush and other non-native plants. She comes to us with a background in invasive plants and outdoor guiding and is excited to spend her summer working at Ridgefield! Come help her keep our wetlands healthy and get a unique view of the habitat that usually only wildlife get to see!

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  • Urban Wildlife Conservation Program


    Nature is more than just a place to visit, it's all around us, every day. Our passion for conservation at the USFWS is on display at the four National Wildlife Refuges of the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, but we can do more. Through the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, we are working with community partners throughout the metro area to ensure a nature-rich future for the entire region.

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  • Be a Friend

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    Volunteers are essential to maintaining healthy habitats and creating learning and recreational opportunities. Refuges are fortunate to have volunteer groups like the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, who's mission is to support, protect, and enhance the refuge and its wildlife hatibat, and to broaden public awareness and participation in environmental, cultural, and educational opportunities.

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Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016
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