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

Join us and Volunteer

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Interested connecting people to nature and culture? Would you like to spend more time on the refuge and learn about the wildlife and history of your area? We invite people of all backgrounds to join our volunteer community.

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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.

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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