Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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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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    Thursday Trail Closure

    The Oaks-to-Wetlands trail north of the Oak Overlook will close every Thursday for visitor safety during restoration work.

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    New Construction!

    A new administrative building for the Ridgefield Refuge Complex is finally underway on the Carty Unit!

    Learn more on Refuge2020.info

Refuge News

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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Refuge2020.info

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To keep you informed about all of the upcoming habitat and public access improvement projects coming to Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake NWRs, the Friends, Stewards, and USFWS have teamed up to create refuge2020.info. This resources will be your #1 resource for the what, when, how, and why of these projects.

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Public Notices

Entrance Fee Returning

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The entrance fee that was previously postponed will be returning on March 1st. With record visitation these dollars are critical to road and facility maintenance. During the pandemic, the cost of entrance should not be a barrier to enjoying the Refuge. There are passes available that are free or reduced in price for those that qualify.

Learn more about fee and pass options

About the Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife 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