One of the many advantages of living in the Pacific Northwest is the opportunity to see wildlife throughout the region. We are especially fortunate to have two of the largest wildlife refuges right here in Clark County – Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake in Washougal. Both are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and provide residents with unique opportunities to view and photograph birds and other native species in their natural habitat. This is especially true during Spring when the refuges serve as natural “landing spots” for migrating birds.
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Columbia River in Washougal, Washington and is a birder’s paradise. More than 200 species of waterfowl and songbirds have been recorded here, making it the perfect spot to slow down and enjoy nature. The refuge includes wetlands and pastures with riparian strips lined with cottonwoods and Oregon white oak trees.
The easy 2.8 mile loop trail is family friendly as there is little elevation gain. The refuges serves as a migratory crossroads for a number of bird species. The land also provides valuable habitat for resident wildlife. We think this short video does a great job of showcasing the importance of this local resource. Plus, a walk along the Gibbons Creek Art Trail can prove to be scream inducing. ( See what we mean at 1.35 in the video)