Connecting Power of Community with Passion for Nature

Connecting Power of Community with Passion for Nature

The Gorge Refuge Stewards is a group of dedicated volunteers working to preserve, protect, and restore the native habitat on three National Wildlife Refuges on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge: Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake and Pierce.

On the Refuge

The initial stages of the Gibbons Creek Alluvial Fan Restoration has begun.  Contractors will be installing wood structures throughout the 55 acre alluvial fan area to increase fish habitat once Gibbons Creek is reconnected to Steigerwald Lake.  Visitors may see equipment or staff in the field between the parking lot and Steigerwald Lake for the next couple of months. This effort is part of our preparation for the big Columbia River Reconnection project. Check out the post at www.Refuge2020.info to learn more about temporary closures and the reconnection project.


Hours for Steigerwald Lake NWR Gate

As of 10/3/2019 the automatic gate at the Steigerwald Lake NWR parking lot will open at 7:00 AM and close at 5:30 PM. The Seasonal Trail is open until September 30th.

Slides from Annual Meeting 4/16/2019

Thanks to all who attended our annual meeting at 54-40 Brewing Co in Washougal.  Here are the slides from the meeting:

Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project

2019 Annual Meeting

From Our Volunteer Coordinator

We've been really busy the past couple of months out at the Gorge Refuges and in the community.  Take a look at our Projects page to see the work we've accomplished out at Pierce supporting pond turtle habitat. We also released our Nature Backpacks into the Camas Library.  Go check them out and learn to explore Steigerwald and your own backyard in new ways! We've also been meeting folks in the community to tell them about the importance of the Refuges.  Our 3rd Saturday Work Party is coming up on 9/21/19 from 9-noon.  We will continue maintaining the alluvial fan planting site that was planted this past March at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Contact volunteer@refugestewards.org for more details. 


Upcoming Events

Recent Sightings at Steigerwald Lake

  • Cackling Goose

    22 Nov 2019 by Ken Pitts

  • Canada Goose

    22 Nov 2019 by Ken Pitts

  • Tundra Swan

    22 Nov 2019 by Ken Pitts

  • Northern Shoveler

    22 Nov 2019 by Ken Pitts

  • Gadwall

    22 Nov 2019 by Ken Pitts

  • American Wigeon

    22 Nov 2019 by Ken Pitts

  • Mallard

    22 Nov 2019 by Ken Pitts

  • Northern Pintail

    22 Nov 2019 by Ken Pitts

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