Located just east of Washougal WA, the refuge is the Western gateway to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Steigerwald Project logo with text Steigerwald Reconnection Project, a green fish and duck dabbling into the water with topographic lines in the background.
Temporary Refuge Closure: Aug. 8 - Sept. 30, 2022

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to all public access from August 8 - September 30, 2022

During this short closure there will be heavy equipment on site to allow us to complete the trail system, finalize habitat improvements, and expand visitor amenities.

We look forward to welcoming the community back just in time for the winter migrations to begin. During this time, we encourage visitors to explore the other urban wildlife refuges in the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area as alternative destinations to enjoy. The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge are open with trails, driving tour loops and more! Learn more about the overall project by visiting our Project Profile

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Come see the NEW Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge trail system and watch this restored habitat grow up with the community. 

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      About Us

      Steigerwald Lake NWR was established in 1987 to offset lowland habitat loss caused by construction at the Bonneville dam. These lands were established to reduce the impact of this loss and provide more habitat for migrating and resident wildlife. Since then smaller pieces of land have been added to create what is now Steigerwald Lake NWR. 

      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. 

      Projects and Research

      The Steigerwald Reconnection Project is a collaborative effort to reconfigure the existing Columbia River levee system to reduce flood risk to the neighboring community, reconnect 965 acres of Columbia River floodplain, and enhance recreation opportunities at the refuge.