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 10/15/2018 the automatic gate at the Steigerwald Lake NWR parking lot will open at 7:00 AM and close at 6:30 PM.


From Our Volunteer Coordinator

Our 3rd Saturday Work Party at Pierce National Wildlife Refuge will be this coming Saturday from 8:45am-12:30pm!  We will meet at the Steigerwald Lake NWR parking lot just east of Mile Post 18 on Highway 14 as you leave Washougal, then carpool out to Pierce NWR.  Pierce is about 20 miles east of Steigerwald.  We will leave promptly at 9:00am.

We will be enhancing western pond turtle habitat by clearing downed wood and debris, making habitat piles, cutting blackberry, and raking previously cut blackberry canes.  

For this project, we are setting an age limit to 16 due to the rough terrain we will be working in.  The work area does contain poison oak and several yellow jacket and wasp nests.  If you are sensitive to either lets chat before hand.  Please wear sturdy boots and thick pants (jeans or other work pant). 

We will provide water, snacks, gloves, and tools. 

Upcoming Events

Recent Sightings at Steigerwald Lake

  • Canada Goose

    18 Oct 2018 by Anonymous eBirder

  • Cackling/Canada Goose

    18 Oct 2018 by Anonymous eBirder

  • Wood Duck

    18 Oct 2018 by Anonymous eBirder

  • Mallard

    18 Oct 2018 by Anonymous eBirder

  • Hooded Merganser

    18 Oct 2018 by Anonymous eBirder

  • Pied-billed Grebe

    18 Oct 2018 by Anonymous eBirder

  • American Coot

    18 Oct 2018 by Anonymous eBirder

  • Spotted Sandpiper

    18 Oct 2018 by Pat Crane

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