Floodplain Restoration

This is by far the largest restoration project to take place at Steigerwald Lake NWR and even in the lower Columbia River. Headed by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, and in collaboration with Refuge Staff and many other partners, this project will restore 912 acres of Columbia River floodplain habitat and restore year-round access to salmon and lamprey. To learn more, visit the Estuary Partnership's project page.


54-40 Brewing Restoration Ale Series

We have partnered with our neighbors to the west, 54-40 Brewing, to help bring awareness of the Gorge Refuges and quench your thirst after hiking at Steigerwald Lake.   The first of our rotating beers in the Restoration Ale Series is a very smooth Dopplebock.  

For directions and more information about the beer visit their Taproom page.


Eco-Blitz 5/6/2018

This year's event was a big success. 150 people either came by our tables at the trail head or participated in our 9 guided walks which included Birding, Tracking and Mammals, Plant Hike (wildflower and fungi), Reptiles and Amphibians, Insects, Kid's Nature Hikes, Ethnobotany, and a Night Hike.


At our Eco-Blitz, scientists, families, and community members worked together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We utilized the iNaturalist app to document sightings and everything seen during the day can be seen on the iNaturalist project page. 

If you are interested in learning more about plants and wildlife at the Refuge or in your own backyard try out iNaturalist. Register to use the iNaturalist app. Then download the app to your Android or Apple smart phone.

Need more help? Here's a tutorial for using iNaturalist.


Urban Refuge Initiative

With 80% of the US population residing in urban areas, USFWS began an initiative to specifically address connecting our urban communities with their local Refuges.  The Portland Metro area is lucky to have 4 Refuges included in the Portland-Vancouver Urban Refuge Program: Ridgfield, Steigerwald Lake, Tualatin River, and Wapato Lake.   Learn more about the program here and follow them on Facebook


Floodplain Restoration

This is by far the largest restoration project to take place at Steigerwald Lake NWR and even in the lower Columbia River. Headed by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, and in collaboration with Refuge Staff and many other partners, this project will restore 912 acres of Columbia River floodplain habitat and restore year-round access to salmon and lamprey. To learn more, visit the Estuary Partnership's project page.


54-40 Brewing Restoration Ale Series

We have partnered with our neighbors to the west, 54-40 Brewing, to help bring awareness of the Gorge Refuges and quench your thirst after hiking at Steigerwald Lake.   The first of our rotating beers in the Restoration Ale Series is a very smooth Dopplebock.  

For directions and more information about the beer visit their Taproom page.


Eco-Blitz 5/6/2018

This year's event was a big success. 150 people either came by our tables at the trail head or participated in our 9 guided walks which included Birding, Tracking and Mammals, Plant Hike (wildflower and fungi), Reptiles and Amphibians, Insects, Kid's Nature Hikes, Ethnobotany, and a Night Hike.


At our Eco-Blitz, scientists, families, and community members worked together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We utilized the iNaturalist app to document sightings and everything seen during the day can be seen on the iNaturalist project page. 

If you are interested in learning more about plants and wildlife at the Refuge or in your own backyard try out iNaturalist. Register to use the iNaturalist app. Then download the app to your Android or Apple smart phone.

Need more help? Here's a tutorial for using iNaturalist.


Urban Refuge Initiative

With 80% of the US population residing in urban areas, USFWS began an initiative to specifically address connecting our urban communities with their local Refuges.  The Portland Metro area is lucky to have 4 Refuges included in the Portland-Vancouver Urban Refuge Program: Ridgfield, Steigerwald Lake, Tualatin River, and Wapato Lake.   Learn more about the program here and follow them on Facebook