Naturalist Led Hikes

The following listings are for Steigerwald Lake and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuges.  Limited space is available. Sign up for any of the listed walks by calling the Ridgefield Office at (360) 887-4106 or emailing Mesha Wood, mesha_wood@fws.gov with number in your party and contact info. 

Other groups that may be offering guided hikes are; Backyard Birdshop, Vancouver Audubon, Portland Audubon, and the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Birding at Ridgefield NWR

    The following hikes are led by Ron Escano.  They start at 8 am at the respective trail head and last two to three hours.  

    These hikes are free, however you are required to pay the Refuge $3 daily entrance fee (free with Federal Lands Pass or Refuge Annual Pass).  Please bring cash or applicable pass and allow yourself an extra 5 minutes to register at the self service kiosk.  Click here for more information about passes and fees at Ridgefield NWR.

     

    Oaks to Wetlands Trail on the Carty Unit    

     
    (Please Note: Starting March 18, 2019 until approx. June 2019, the Oaks to Wetlands Trail north of the Oak Overlook (where the nature pave ends) will be closed to all public access, due to the removal of coniferous trees for oak restoration. Thus, these walks will only utilize the open portions of the Oaks to Wetlands trail). 

     

    • Saturday, May 11 
    • Saturday, June 1

     

    Kiwa Trail on the River 'S' Unit  

    (Please Note: Starting March 18, 2019 until July 2020 the River 'S' Unit will be closed Monday - Fridays to all public access, including pedestrians, re-opening on weekends during construction of a new bridge. Weekend visitation may increase due to this.) 

    • Saturday, May 4 
    • Saturday, May 25 
    • Saturday, June 15

     

       

    • Birding at Steigerwald Lake NWR

      The following hikes are led by Ron Escano. They start at 8 am at the respective trail head and last two to three hours. There is no entrance fee at this site.   

      • Saturday, March 23
      • Saturday, April 27
      • Saturday, May 18
      • Saturday, June 8

       

      Additional Guided Bird Walks with Ken Pitts, at Steigerwald Lake NWR are listed below. These walks last two to three hours. There is no entrance fee at this site.

      These walks start at 8:00 AM at the Gibbons Creek Trail head off SR-14

      • Saturday, March 30 
      • Saturday, April 13 
      • Saturday, May 11
      • Saturday, May 25

      These walks start at 7:00 AM at the Gibbons Creek Trail head off SR-14:

      • Saturday, June 22
      • Saturday, July 13
      • Saturday, July 27
      • Saturday, Aug 10
      • Saturday, Aug 24

       

      Click here to learn more about the Steigerwald Lake Refuge and trail. 

       

    • Bat Walks at Steigerwald Lake NWR

      Join us for a guided tour of the Refuge at night with volunteer and bat enthusiast Dave Miller.  Begin the tour with an introduction to the Refuge and bats.  Then walk through the refuge with a sonar detector so that you can hear the bats catching there meals.

      Check back here for dates to be announced soon.