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Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Southwest Washington


Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area
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2.8 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 55 ft.


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This wildlife refuge is the perfect get-away without a long drive. The refuge includes mixed wetlands and pastures with riparian strips lined with cottonwoods and white oak trees. More than 200 species of waterfowl and songbirds have been recorded here, making it the perfect place to slow down and enjoy nature.

The 2.8 mile Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail loops through the refuge. Although part of the loop is closed for wildlife from October 1st to April 30th, there is a nice alternative. Turn right when you get to the closure and follow Gibbons Creek to the East Dike Trail which overlooks the Columbia River.

When you get to the dike trail turn left and walk east to enjoy views of the river, open fields and a picturesque farm. When the dike trail dead-ends, retrace your steps to return to the trailhead. The Cape Conservancy and Friends of the Columbia Gorge are promoting the concept of a Washougal-to-Stevenson trail that will link to the dike trail.


Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 45.5707, -122.3132 Open map in new window


Southwest Washington -- Vancouver Area

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Columbia River Gorge. Craig Romano. Mountaineer Publishing. 2011.

Vancouver Parks and Recreation Website

Getting There

From Vancouver, take WA-14 E/Lewis and Clark Hwy toward Camas about 18 miles.

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Refuge Entrance Pass

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