Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal

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Located on the Columbia River, 10mi east of Vancouver, Washington, the 1,049acre Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge consists of historic riverine flood plain habitat, semi-permanent wetlands, cottonwood-dominated riparian corridors, pastures, and remnant stands of Oregon white oak.The refuge lies partly within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and has been designated as the location for a "Gateway to the Gorge" visitor center. This facility is currently in the planning stage with a portion of the construction funds already secured.The Washington Department of Transportation has estimated that this facility may be used by as many as 100,000 visitors annually, providing the Service with one of the best outreach opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. The refuge also serves as the operational headquarters for the 329acre Pierce National Wildlife Refuge.
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  • A wonderful hike through nature. We've seen a variety of water fowl, red tail and harrier hawks, great blue herons, deer and a variety of smaller birds. The landscape changes and the graveled path acc...  more »
  • wildlife is great if you like walking to see the critters the view changes everyday never the same experience nice easy walk I use walker  more »
  • Every moning as I arrive at work I can drive alone one side of the Refuge. The entire refuge is gigantic, it is bounded by Washington SR-14 on the North and the majestic Columbia River on the South. J...  more »
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  • Its a flat hike through the national Park and you could go on for however long you want. The trail continues beyond the wildlife park as a paved running trail. We saw plenty of birds. I only wish that the highway nearby wasn't so loud.
  • Great spot for a two to three mile home with lots of waterfowl to view. Parts of it are closed off in fall and winter for waterfowl nesting. No dogs allowed at no running. They don't want to upsetting the wild life. Plentiful parking and it's free!
  • Great place to walk a couple of miles of level trails and catch glimpses of wildlife like bald eagles, northern harriers, osprey and assorted waterfowl. Excellent for birders, photographers and families. No dogs allowed though.
  • Great spot for an easy hike. Lots of waterfowl, we even saw a deer!! There is not a lot of parking here, so on a nice weekend parking may be a challenge.
  • Be extra mindful of the park hours lol.. they are only open till 5:30 and the automatic gate will lock you in. Lol we got locked in ND had to call the Washougal police. They were very kind and laughed about it. The refuge is BEAUTIFUL. There were bald eagles and hawks and ducks, oh my lol exquisite trails leading back to the Columbia River. Informational signs of all the bird species there.
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