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Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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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  • Really pretty surroundings only 15 min out of Camas. We bumped into lots of bird photographers and families. The track is really easy and there's also some educational features which the kids will lov...  read more »
  • wildlife viewing area. Huge acreage donated and developed so you can seasonally view both forest birds and waterfowl. Beautifully designed with informational signs. 
  • This is an easy 3+ mile gravel trail. We have seen deer, a swan, ducks, geese, Eagles, and other birds on this trail. To get more miles, we usually walk along the dike, along the Columbia River. I hig...  read more »
  • Nice enough for a walk on a pretty day. This refuge is undergoing restoration and is currently comprised of mostly invasive species. I was hoping for an example of diverse, native habitat but this site will need to come a long way before it becomes a great example of native wildlife habitat.
  • This is a great place to go for a walk and bird watch. The path is stroller friendly and contains education material. A perfect first outing for the kids or to get away from trials of city living.
  • This is still a great place to go hunting bird but it has gone down hill because of budget cuts over the year. There used to be one place you could hear sounds of birds and some description and other information about the birds. For those who are photographers have to contend with many people walking in pairs talking. I have so many birds scared away by them. They just seem to be oblivious to who and what is around them. 2AUG15 I was there right at sunrise and got some very nice shots with lots of clouds, reflections off the water and the red sun in the mix. We saw other creatures and bugs worth talking about. If you want water flooded in mud flats make sure you check the tide tables for this area. This time of year all the paths that people are allowed on or open now. A few will be closed during migration and nesting.
  • Beautiful landscape filled with wildlife, mostly birds. Trail is a very easy walk, with next to no elevation change, and is well maintained.
  • Nice place for a peaceful walk/hike, although it can get a bit windy.
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