Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

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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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    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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    New Construction!

    A new administrative building for the Ridgefield Refuge Complex is finally underway on the Carty Unit!

    Learn more on Refuge2020.info

Refuge News

Owl wear one for you!

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We love seeing you outdoors, but please take care for social distancing. Give 6ft on the trails, park safely & come back another time if crowded. We will will be wearing masks to protect you when we can not keep distance. Please bring one with you and do the same!

Learn more and Plan Your Visit

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.

Learn More...

Refuge2020.info

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To keep you informed about all of the upcoming habitat and public access improvement projects coming to Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake NWRs, the Friends, Stewards, and USFWS have teamed up to create refuge2020.info. This resources will be your #1 resource for the what, when, how, and why of these projects.

Visit the Refuge2020 website...
Public Notices

Entrance Fee Returning

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The entrance fee that was previously postponed will be returning on March 1st. With record visitation these dollars are critical to road and facility maintenance. During the pandemic, the cost of entrance should not be a barrier to enjoying the Refuge. There are passes available that are free or reduced in price for those that qualify.

Learn more about fee and pass options

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