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

TEMPORARY CLOSURE ALERT: The Steigerwald Lake NWR Trailhead and first 1/2 mile of trail will be closed on weekdays between September 3rd - October 15th.  The trailhead will re-open on the weekends. Parking and access to the open portion of the Gibbons Creek Art Trail are available from William Clark Park off Index Street in the Camas/Washougal Port Industrial Park.

This work is part of the initial stages of the Gibbons Creek Alluvial Fan Restoration.  Contractors will be installing wood structures throughout the 55 acre alluvial fan area to increase fish habitat once Gibbons Creek is reconnected to Steigerwald Lake.  The closure is for visitor safety as heavy equipment will be throughout the trailhead and the work area. 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

As of 9/20/2019 the automatic gate at the Steigerwald Lake NWR parking lot will open at 7:00 AM and close at 7:30 PM. The Seasonal Trail is open until September 30th.

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 couple of 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.  Our 3rd Saturday Work Party is coming up on 9/21/19 from 9-noon.  We will continue maintaining the alluvial fan planting site that was planted this past March at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Contact volunteer@refugestewards.org for more details. 


Upcoming Events

Recent Sightings at Steigerwald Lake

  • Canada Goose

    13 Oct 2019 by Debbie Meader

  • Cackling/Canada Goose

    13 Oct 2019 by Debbie Meader

  • Wood Duck

    13 Oct 2019 by Debbie Meader

  • Mallard

    13 Oct 2019 by Debbie Meader

  • Green-winged Teal

    13 Oct 2019 by Debbie Meader

  • Ring-necked Duck

    13 Oct 2019 by Debbie Meader

  • Common Merganser

    13 Oct 2019 by Debbie Meader

  • Pied-billed Grebe

    13 Oct 2019 by Debbie Meader

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