Jobs for Youth This Summer!
Five youth, 15 to 18 years old, will be hired for eight weeks to do projects on the Refuge. Apply by May 15th!
2017 YCC Application Packet
Urban Refuge Annual Report
Local Refuges reach out to urban audiences and help grow partnerships. Read about the success!
PDF Annual Report
Partial trail closure
The northeastern spur is closed Oct-April to provide sanctuary for wintering waterfowl
Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail
Every Kid in a Park Pass
Did you know ALL 4th graders are eligible for a for a FREE Federal Lands Pass! That means FREE entrance to many sites, like Ridgefield NWR.
The Bonneville Power Administration is proposing to fund the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership's proposal to restore flood plain connectivity on the Refuge. This project would involve reconnecting Gibbon's Creek to the Columbia River and would help improve water quality and habitat. Click on the following link to learn more about the project. BPA Website Project Summary
About the Complex
The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of four National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Washington State – Ridgefield, Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake.
Steigerwald Lake is managed as part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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
Interested in 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? This spring we are welcoming new and returning volunteers to learn new skills and connect visitors of all ages and backgrounds. No experience necessary. Join us for this fun and rewarding experience! Upcoming training opportunities include March webinars and an April Naturalist Training series. We also have much going on in habitat restoration throughout the year. Learn More
Whether you are new to birding or have been watching them your whole life, Ron Escano offers easy and interesting ways to learn about this amazing world of feather friends. A retired USFWS biologist and life long birder, Ron has been leading these walks for over a decade at the Refuge and for the Audobon society. Join him on refuge trails at Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake this spring to find out who might be flying in! Naturalist Led Hikes
We are very excited to bring back the Youth Conservation Crew this year! These 5 youth will participate in a variety of natural resource and recreation management projects at all four refuges in the Ridgefield Complex. Crew members will also participate in environmental education activities as part of their regular work. All work projects are designed to help develop good work skills, work habits, and safety awareness. Applications are due May 15th. Downloadable YCC Application Packet
Volunteers are essential to maintaining healthy habitats and creating learning and recreational opportunities for refuge visitors. Refuges are fortunate to have volunteer groups like the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, who's mission is to support the three refuges in the Columbia Gorge. They do this through on and off site restoration, education, and outreach activities. Learn More
Spring and summer visitors to the
Gibbons Creek trailhead and the Columbia River Dike trail are able to enjoy
raucous aerial displays of nesting purple martins.
Page Photo Credits Painted Turtles - ©Gorge Stewards, Warbler - ©Douglas Beall, Binos - ©Gorge Stewards, Tree Scene - ©Michael Hersen, Goose © Jim Cruce, Tundra Swan © Jim Cruce, Jared Strawderman © USFWS
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2017