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. 

Staff and partners strive to work with the community to restore and conserve Oregon oak woodlands, pastures and wetland habitats. These lands support salmonids, wintering geese, ducks and other wildlife that thrive in tandem with the River and the communities that surround them. 

Our Mission

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge Vision

The Service will actively protect, restore and enhance wetland, riparian riparian
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and upland habitats on the Refuge to benefit a diversity of native wildlife and plants. Habitat improvements and management practices will benefit native species and habitats affected by construction and operation of Federal hydroelectric projects on the Columbia River and its tributaries. The Refuge will provide opportunities for quality, compatible, wildlife-dependent recreation, education and interpretation to enhance public appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of the Gorge Refuges. The Service will be an active partner in promoting and facilitating efforts in the local community to protect and restore fish and wildlife habitats. (CCP CH1 1-17) 

Other Facilities in this Complex

The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of four refuges along the lower Columbia River.