Located just north of Vancouver, Washington, the refuge is a unique retreat to nature nestled between the Columbia River and the town of Ridgefield.
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Pay your entrance fee on Recreation.gov

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge makes it easy for you to pay your entrance fee (or buy an annual pass) before you visit, using recreation.gov.

Visit Us

The refuge offers local communities and travelers the opportunity to experience nature through an interconnected trail network, a driving loop and unique visitor facilities.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Ridgefield NWR was established in 1965 to provide wintering habitat for the dusky subspecies of the Canada goose who’s habitat is extremely limited. Since then smaller pieces of land have been added to create what is now Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  

      What We Do

      Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything we do from projects and research to the recreational activities offered. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species.  

      Our Organization

      A bright blue sky obstructed by fluffy white clouds reflected off of a stream shot from inside a kayak
      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 570 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
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      The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program improves lives by expanding access to green space, education and outdoor recreation for Americans living in and around cities. Program members work to clear social and historical barriers and foster new connections that advance conservation and strengthen...

      Get Involved

      Everyone plays a part in the health of our communities. You may be interested in working to create better homes for native wildlife. Or perhaps you want to help others learn about and enjoy the outdoors. There are many ways to get involved that work with your interests.