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. 

Learn more about this project, the largest restoration project on the lower Columbia River to date, and what to expect when we reopen. 

Since its designation as a National Wildlife Refuge, Steigerwald Lake has evolved into a beloved destination for travelers and neighbors from both sides of the Columbia River. Stunning views, meandering trails, and an amazing mix of birds invite a sense of wonder. Now, another evolutionary leap is underway; to reconnect the Gibbons Creek watershed and Steigerwald Lake back to the Columbia...