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

Official Refuge Statement About the Shutdown:

"Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is unable to fully staff the properties under its management.  However, where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse, including any activities conducted under a previously issued permit (when required). Visitors are advised to use caution if choosing to enter units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, as most FWS personnel will not be available for the duration of the shutdown.  Law enforcement personnel will remain on duty to provide emergency services and protect government property.  However, any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk."


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

No volunteering on Refuge will be permitted during the government shutdown. 

Upcoming Events

Recent Sightings at Steigerwald Lake

  • Cackling Goose

    19 Jan 2019 by Matt Pope

  • Canada Goose

    19 Jan 2019 by Matt Pope

  • Tundra Swan

    19 Jan 2019 by Matt Pope

  • Gadwall

    19 Jan 2019 by Matt Pope

  • American Wigeon

    19 Jan 2019 by Matt Pope

  • Mallard

    19 Jan 2019 by Matt Pope

  • Northern Pintail

    19 Jan 2019 by Matt Pope

  • Green-winged Teal

    19 Jan 2019 by Matt Pope

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