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

Hours for Steigerwald Lake NWR Gate

As of 5/13/2019 the automatic gate at the Steigerwald Lake NWR parking lot will open at 6:00 AM and close at 8:30 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 2 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.  If you want to help our team of outreach volunteers, we have a training coming up on June 2nd from 1pm-4:30pm at Steigerwald Lake NWR.  Or if you are more of a hands in the dirt kind of person, join us Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday or Monday for more volunteer opportunities. Contact volunteer@refugestewards.org for more details. 

Upcoming Events

Recent Sightings at Steigerwald Lake

  • Canada Goose

    21 May 2019 by Jason Crotty

  • Wood Duck

    21 May 2019 by Jason Crotty

  • Blue-winged Teal

    21 May 2019 by Jason Crotty

  • Cinnamon Teal

    21 May 2019 by Jason Crotty

  • Northern Shoveler

    21 May 2019 by Jason Crotty

  • Gadwall

    21 May 2019 by Jason Crotty

  • Mallard

    21 May 2019 by Jason Crotty

  • Green-winged Teal

    21 May 2019 by Jason Crotty

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