Located just north of Vancouver, Washington, the refuge is a unique retreat to nature nestled between the Columbia River and the town of Ridgefield.
Current closures

Auto Tour Route Closed for maintenance June 28th, 29th and 30th. 

Kiwa trail closed for nesting sandhill cranes. This species is endangered in Washington state and we are very excited to them nesting at the Refuge. Keeping the trail closed during this critical time will help the success of this pair and their species overall. Staff will continue to monitor the crane activity and reopen the trail once the family has moved from the nest. Stay tuned for more news on this exciting event!

High water on Carty Unit has created water over Carty Trail in various spot blocking access from the Port Trail to the Carty Main Avenue trail temporarily. 

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

      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 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
      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.