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 have installed wood structures throughout the 55 acre alluvial fan area to increase fish habitat once Gibbons Creek is reconnected to Steigerwald Lake. They are now planting 65,000 bare root native trees and shrubs throughout the area to replace the invasive canary grass.  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


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

In light of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in our state, we wanted to assure our visitors, volunteers, and staff that we are tracking the situation in order to best serve and protect our community. To this end, we are postponing all events and volunteer positions will be on hold until further notice.


We want nature to be an escape, especially in such stressful times. The best way to accomplish this is to work together to keep one another safe and healthy. Help us protect our community by staying up-to-date on our website for closures, and staying knowledgeable about the effects of this virus. We will update the websites with any changes to planned upcoming events as we know things. Thank you for your support and patience as we all get through this together.

Upcoming Events

Recent Sightings at Steigerwald Lake

  • Cackling Goose

    26 Mar 2020 by David Leonard

  • Canada Goose

    26 Mar 2020 by David Leonard

  • Wood Duck

    26 Mar 2020 by David Leonard

  • Gadwall

    26 Mar 2020 by David Leonard

  • Mallard

    26 Mar 2020 by David Leonard

  • Green-winged Teal

    26 Mar 2020 by David Leonard

  • Ring-necked Duck

    26 Mar 2020 by David Leonard

  • Bufflehead

    26 Mar 2020 by David Leonard

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