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
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
Columbian white-tailed deer
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service celebrate the reclassification of the Columbia River population from endangered to threatened.
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
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of four National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Washington State – Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake.
Ridgefield is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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
Ridgefield NWR is planning a new Community and Nature Center. As part of the planning process the public and potential community partners are asked to participate. This can include attendance in the public meetings and/or input on the project website. It also includes identifying partners with an equity stake in the development and residence of the facility.Project Website
We are very excited to welcome a new member of our Refuge team, Senior Wildlife Officer Ryan Wagner. Ryan will be supporting Refuges in the Portland area including Ridgefield NWR. He brings a thorough knowledge of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with local, county, state, and federal agencies as well as experience in working on and around Urban National Wildlife Refuges. Staff, volunteers, and community partners are very excited to work with Ryan to protect the natural resources in our community.
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. Learn More...
Nature is more than just a place to visit, it's all around us, every day. Our passion for conservation at the USFWS is on display at the four National Wildlife Refuges of the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area, but we can do more. Through the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, we are working with community partners throughout the metro area to ensure a nature-rich future for the entire region.Learn More
Like a pioneer, the
sub-species emerged at the end of the last ice age, splitting from other geese
as they explored new breeding grounds in Alaska exposed by retreated
Page Photo Credits Sunset (c)Virginia Scott
Last Updated: Jan 18, 2017