Comments Requested on Proposed Refuge Expansion

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust is working with local land owners and the US Fish & Wildlife Service to add nearly 88 acres of oak woodlands to the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has drafted a Land Protection Plan and Environmental Assessment for a 30-day public review and comment period from April 7 to May 4, 2014. Your input is important to gather information and to identify issues affecting you, your community, and the natural resources of the Steigerwald Lake Refuge. Copies of the update outlining the procedure for comment and copies of the draft plans are at: Planning Update 1; April 2014, Steigerwald Lake NWR Proposed Oaks Unit Addition and Steigerwald Lake NWR Proposed Oaks Unit Addition: Draft Land Protection Plan and Environmental Assessment The Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards feels this proposal would provide an excellent addition to the refuge, and fully supports its completion.

Hours for Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail Gate

As of 3/25/2014 the automatic gate at the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail parking lot will open at 7:30 AM and close at 7:30 PM.

Portion of Steigerwald Lake Refuge Trail Closed 10/1-4/30 to Protect Wintering Wildlife

The north branch of the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Trail will be closed from Oct. 1 through April 30 in order to protect wintering wildlife. The remainder of the trail, from the trailhead parking lot south over the footbridge to the Columbia dike trail, is open year round.

Refuge manager Jim Clapp also wants to remind visitors that bicycles, dogs, horses and joggers are not allowed to use the trail. These prohibitions are to protect wildlife and prevent any conflicts between pedestrians using the trail to enjoy the surrounding habitat and the wildlife using it, and these other uses.


The Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards are a group of volunteers who help the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service preserve and maintain the three National Wildlife Refuges in the western Columbia River Gorge, in western Washington State. These Refuges are:

Our Mission

Our mission is to preserve and enhance the native species of Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake and Pierce National Wildlife Refuges through public education, advocacy and habitat restoration.

We do this by:

Our projects include:

We are a newly developing group, so some of these projects await additional members and volunteers to be fully implemented. As the Refuge Stewards organization grows, we will be able to expand our active project list and accomplish more for these valuable wildlife oases.

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Steigerwald Lake, on the Steigerwald Lake Refuge

Franz Lake, on the Franz Lake Refuge

Hardy Creek and Beacon Rock, on the Pierce Refuge