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National Wildlife Refuge

28908 NW Main Ave.
Ridgefield, WA   98642
E-mail: eric_anderson@fws.gov
Phone Number: 360-887-4106
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The Discover Cathlapotle! environmental and heritage education kit was developed for grades 3 through 6. Each school year approximately 1000 students learn about the past in their community through the kit.

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Fishing is permitted during daylight hours on the Carty Unit and part of the River S Unit.

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Part of the River S Unit is open to waterfowl hunting in season in accordance with State and Federal regulations. The refuge allows waterfowl hunting for Canada geese, ducks, and coots. The hunt season usually occurs from early October through mid-January.

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Cathlapotle and Wapato Portage are two of the few significant archaeological sites on the Columbia that have withstood the destructive forces of flooding, looting, and development. Over the last decade, archaeological research on the refuge has revealed fascinating information about the area's ancient environment and how people found sustenance in the plant and animal resources around them. Today, that rich natural and cultural legacy is permanently protected on Ridgefield Refuge and illustrated through the Cathlapotle Plankhouse Project.

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Wildlife Observation
Visitors to Ridgefield Refuge may enjoy viewing a variety of wildlife within a few minutes of the Portland-Vancouver area. The refuge landscape provides sanctuary throughout the seasons for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, river otter, black-tailed deer, coyotes, and other species of wildlife.

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The refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The refuge office is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

As a reminder, closing times are posted on the automatic gates at the refuge entrances. Should you be locked in behind the gate, you may call the Ridgefield Police Department or dial 911 non-emergency and a police unit will be dispatched to your location.

Periodically, the refuge may be closed for scheduled maintenance or construction projects, or because weather conditions have caused refuge trails or the auto tour route to be unsafe for visitors.

Entrance Fees
Ridgefield Refuge has a $3.00 daily fee for entrance to the River "S" and Carty Units. The fee admits the occupants of a non-commercial vehicle or up to four adults. Children under 16 are admitted free. A Ridgefield Annual Pass, good for 1 year from the date of issue, costs $15.00.

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