Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Portland Metro Area, Washington

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Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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  • Looking east over Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge and Mount Hood (11,250').- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Canada geese (Branta canadensis) at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge and Mount Hood (11,250').- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • View along the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • View east from the Steigerwald Lake Overlook.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • American coot (Fulica americana) also sometimes referred to as mud hens.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Canada geese (Branta canadensis) at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge and Mount Hood (11,250').- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Birding/hiking trail through black cottonwoods (Populus trichocarpa) at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bridge over Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bridge over Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Canada geese (Branta canadensis) in Scaup Pond at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Unidentified duck species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge.- Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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Pros: 
Close to Portland. Great birdwatching. Easy, accessible trails. Free.
Cons: 
Little shade or tree cover on the trail.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Located just east of Washougal, Washington on the north bank of the Columbia River, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge consists of 1,049 acres of seasonal wetlands, riparian streams, grassland, black cottonwood and Oregon oak groves, and a network of engineered dikes.

Established in 1987, the refuge is popular amongst birders and hikers alike. Here, thousands of Canada geese overwinter along with numerous duck species. Countless other bird species can also be found, including red-winged blackbirds, great blue herons, common barn owls, and northern herriers.

Departing from the refuge's only parking area, the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail is the best way to venture into Steigerwald. It eventually joins the Captain William Clark Park Trail (also known as the Columbia River Dike Trail), which parallels the choppy shore of the Columbia River for nearly 5 miles. As the name implies, the Captain William Clark Park Trail connects the refuge to Captain William Clark Park to the west.

Note: The northeast section of the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail is closed from October 1 through April 30 to protect wintering waterfowl. Dogs, jogging, and bicycles are not permitted within the refuge with the exception of the Captain William Clark Park Trail. The refuge's entry gate is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hunting is not permitted.

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