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

TEMPORARY TRAIL CLOSURE ALERT: Refuge staff and contractors will be continuing invasive vegetation management at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday July 17th. A portion of the Gibbons Creek Art Trail, as well as the parking lot and restrooms, will be closed this day.The initial stages of the Gibbons Creek Alluvial Fan restoration has begun. 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 6/7/2019 the automatic gate at the Steigerwald Lake NWR parking lot will open at 5:30 AM and close at 9:00 PM. The Seasonal Trail is now open as of May 1st!

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 7/20/19 from 9-noon.  We will be digging invasive tansy ragwort from Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Contact volunteer@refugestewards.org for more details. 


Upcoming Events

Recent Sightings at Steigerwald Lake

  • Gadwall

    17 Jul 2019 by Samantha Neuffer

  • Mallard

    17 Jul 2019 by Samantha Neuffer

  • Rufous Hummingbird

    17 Jul 2019 by Samantha Neuffer

  • American Bittern

    17 Jul 2019 by Samantha Neuffer

  • Great Blue Heron

    17 Jul 2019 by Samantha Neuffer

  • Great Egret

    17 Jul 2019 by Samantha Neuffer

  • Osprey

    17 Jul 2019 by Samantha Neuffer

  • Northern Harrier

    17 Jul 2019 by Samantha Neuffer

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