Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield

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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife preserve, one of the national wildlife refuges operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, located in the westernmost part of Clark County, Washington. The refuge protects more than 5,200 acres (2,100 ha) of marshes, grasslands, and woodlands.

The refuge was established (along with 3 other refuges in the Willamette Valley of Oregon) in 1965, in response to a need to establish vital winter habitat for wintering waterfowl with an emphasis on the dusky Canada goose whose nesting areas in Alaska were severely impacted by the violent earthquake of 1964.

Ridgefield NWR is part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex, headquartered in Ridgefield, Washington, which oversees the management of four refuges in the southwestern part of the state: Ridgefield, and three refuges in the Columbia River Gorge: Franz Lake, Pierce, and Steigerwald Lake. This place was closed in spring of 2019 to cut down Douglas fir and change the trail. In fall of 2020, the construction of a new multi-purpose building began. The new multi-purpose building will be a construction type V-B and consist of a 4,415 square foot single story building with an associated balcony and basement area. The building is being constructed to provide the fish and wildlife staff office space, meeting space, and an area for public visitors including volunteers and conservation partners.

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  • Thie wildlife refuge is not that busy and the driving road is dusty and bumpy, but the trail is well worth the trip and it must be even better when there are migrating birds.  more »
  • There are two different entrances to this wildlife reserve; we went via the River S entrance and were not disappointed even though we were in a transition period between summer and fall. If you use...  more »
  • A great and easy to access nature preserve. Bring some powerful binoculars, most of what we saw was a variety of birds, big and small. We founds red tail hawks, a bald eagle, a great horned owl, blue herons, and egrets on our visit. Don't expect a drive thru safari, with close animals. Most of those sightings took time, patience, and/or luck.
  • It is a very nice place for a walk. They have several walking paths and it's $3 for up to four adults. When I visited we didn't see much wildlife, but I am sure it greatly depends on the time of day and year. There is also a plank house, but it has specific hour in which it's open for tours in the inside. Also it's important to note that they don't allow pets out of vehicles, jogging or bikes. Would recommend to anyone looking for a beautiful walk.

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