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 11/3/2018 the automatic gate at the Steigerwald Lake NWR parking lot will open at 7:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM. As of October 1st, the seasonal trail has been closed for the Winter.  It will re-open May 1st.


From Our Volunteer Coordinator

Our habitat restoration efforts for the winter will be maintaining plantings along Gibbons Creek between the bridge and the fish ladder.  We will need volunteers to help remove old tree tubes, install new larger cages (to protect from beaver), and remove invasive plants to decrease competition. This work will be done every Monday morning and 3rd Saturday in December.  See our volunteer page for other volunteer opportunities

Upcoming Events

Recent Sightings at Steigerwald Lake

  • Cackling Goose

    15 Dec 2018 by Matt Pope

  • Canada Goose

    15 Dec 2018 by Matt Pope

  • Tundra Swan

    15 Dec 2018 by Matt Pope

  • Gadwall

    15 Dec 2018 by Matt Pope

  • American Wigeon

    15 Dec 2018 by Matt Pope

  • Mallard

    15 Dec 2018 by Matt Pope

  • Northern Pintail

    15 Dec 2018 by Matt Pope

  • Green-winged Teal

    15 Dec 2018 by Matt Pope

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