Features

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    Use your car as a viewing blind

    Stay in your car on the Auto Tour Route Oct-April and you are sure to see wintering waterfowl without scaring them away

    Learn more about the Auto Tour Route

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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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    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.

    Learn More About This Pass

Refuge News

Veteran's Day Hunt

In partnership with the Washington Waterfowl Association and other partners and sponsors, the Refuge is proud to host this first Veteran's Day Hunt on Sunday November 11th. If you are visiting the Refuge that day and notice activity in the hunt area on what is normally not a hunt day, know that we are running a special program for disabled Veterans. We are not accepting anymore participants for this event but stay tuned to hear about its success and if we will be able to repeat this opportunity.

Bird walks by Ron Escano

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Whether you are new to birding or have been watching them your whole life, Ron Escano offers easy and interesting ways to learn about this amazing world of feather friends. A retired USFWS biologist and life long birder, Ron has been leading these walks for over a decade at the Refuge and for the Audobon society. Join him on refuge trails at Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake this Spring to find out who might be flying in!

Naturalist Led Hikes

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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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

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

Read more about the complex
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