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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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  • I've walked this park many times. Each time I've been here, I see a variety of birds - eagles, hawks, wild swans, ducks - and on one occasion, I spotted a pileated woodpecker not 20 feet from where I ...  more »
  • Steigerwald is our favorite place to go to view wildlife in our area. You can see something new each time you go here. Over several visits and different times of year, you can see eagles, herons, owls...  more »
  • If you want a nice place for a walk or hike along the Washington side of the Columbia river, this is a nice flat trail. There are a couple different parking lots and trail entry points. If you go far ...  more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice to go through at any speed. A diverse selection of birds and other wildlife.
  • Nice, wide trail through varied habitats. Great place to see wildlife.