Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Close to Portland. Great birdwatching. Easy, accessible trails. Free.


Little shade or tree cover on the trail.


ADA accessible
Bird watching


Nearby Lodging + Camping


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