Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal

4.7
#52 of 81 in Wildlife in Washington State
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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  • August 10, 2017
    Beautiful and a bird lovers place! Family (less the dogs) place to go! Worth the drive every time ♡ Kids will love the turtles, birds, and interactive things to do. You will love the views and peace i...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    This is a peaceful and pretty walk. I always see birds from the trail. For those that need a good walking surface, this is a nice walk. So close to the city, but feels like you are away.  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    I've been visiting Steigerwald Lake NWR since 2010 and it's my favorite spot for birding, walking, and getting away from the urban activity of Portland. It's also one of the most beautiful spots in th...  more »
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  • February 3, 2017
    Great place to stretch and get some fresh air. The trail goes back into the refuge quite a ways. The further back you go, the more quiet and peaceful it becomes. There's lots of birds out here, and bird watchers who seemed very excited to find whatever they were looking for. We also saw deer way off in the distance.
  • January 19, 2017
    Excellent place to bird watch at the edge of the Columbia River. There is plenty of parking and a primitive toilet that is usually open. Some interpretive signs will help you identify the wildlife that you see here. It is good to visit in any season. Most recently we saw ducks, geese, Eagles, and a pileated woodpecker. There are abundant amphibians, Insects and reptiles in the warmer months. Seasonally, some parts of the reserve are closed for nesting. Please respect the wildlife and allow them to have some peace during the months when these areas are closed. A bike and pedestrian path runs along the south edge of the reserve. This path will offer many miles of recreational enjoyment to walkers, runners, bicyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts. This is a wonderful place to enjoy the great outdoors without having to travel very far away from the city.
  • February 26, 2017
    This is s great wetland area for viewing birds. There are resident Harrier and Ring-necked Pheasants that live here. A great walk though the preserve to the Columbia River, as well.
  • April 22, 2017
    Nice to go through at any speed. A diverse selection of birds and other wildlife.
  • May 13, 2017
    Nice, wide trail through varied habitats. Great place to see wildlife.

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