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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is located on the shore of the Lower Columbia River, 10 miles downstream from the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. This 5,217 acre refuge contains a mosaic of riverine flood plain habitat, intensively managed seasonal and permanent wetlands, and agricultural lands. The refuge contains the historic Cathlapotle townsite, which was visited by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806, and today is one of the best-preserved Native American sites in the Northwest United States. Ridgefield Refuge provides high quality wintering habitat for a variety of waterfowl, particularly dusky Canada goose and lesser sandhill cranes. Currently hosting 165,000 visitors annually, the refuge provides excellent wildlife viewing opportunities via a 4-mile auto tour route and two developed hiking trails. It also provides excellent outdoor classroom opportunities for Portland/Vancouver area schools, including natural resource, cultural, and historic information.

There is a $3/vehicle entry fee.

 


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  • Nell

    beautiful - a perfect little outing

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very nice lot so see.

    July 6, 2013

  • Holly

    Anyone interested in meeting at the Gateway/99 Transit Center garage and carpooling?

    July 1, 2013

    • Holly

      Great! Shall we plan on meeting in the southeast corner around 9 and leave about 9:15? If anyone else would like to meet there as well, please post here.

      July 3, 2013

    • Holly

      No problem, Peter! I'll drive up and back. I just thought carpooling might be a good idea. See you on the hike!

      July 5, 2013

  • Nell

    Where shall we meet, Trevor?

    July 5, 2013

    • Trevor C.

      Nell, Let's meet in the Ridgefield WLR designated parking lot. Directions: From I-5, take Exit 14, on Pioneer Street go west into the town of Ridgefield until Pioneer Street 'T's' with Main Avenue. Take a right turn on Main Avenue and proceed north for 1 mile. The refuge entrance road is located on the left side of the road

      July 5, 2013

  • Trevor C.

    Hi Everyone, I went out to Ridgefield WLR a couple days ago and it was awesome. Based on my trip there I would recommend that everyone brings mosquito repellant, long pants (there are stinging nettles), water, nutrition (power bars, etc). The first trail that we will be taking is 2+ miles. The trail is partially paved but it is mostly a cleared trail. The views are incredible and the wildlife is fun to watch. We will be doing a extended hike (1.5+ miles) in the flat lands for anyone that wants to see the wildlife from a different view.

    We will be meeting at the Ridgefield WLR parking lot at 10:00AM and the hike should take about 2 hours.

    July 5, 2013

  • Trevor C.

    Directions: From I-5, take Exit 14, on Pioneer Street go west into the town of Ridgefield until Pioneer Street 'T's' with Main Avenue. Take a right turn on Main Avenue and proceed north for 1 mile. The refuge entrance road is located on the left side of the road

    Parking is $3.00

    If you have any specific questions you are welcome to contact me via Meetup or at (503)[masked]

    July 5, 2013

  • Carl A. B.

    so what exactly is the plan on this? doing the auto tour, walk one or both trails or is there something else i dont know about that i havnt seen in the brosures?

    July 4, 2013

  • Trevor C.

    I have posted some information about the trip to Ridgefield NWR. Look for the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge - Wildlife Checklist and the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Brochure in the "Files" section above.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to work. Bummer :-(

    July 2, 2013

    • Trevor C.

      Hope you can make it to the next one.

      July 3, 2013

  • Denise C.

    I will attend if I can convince my friends to join me!

    July 2, 2013

  • Annette M.

    I will be bringing my friend along.

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Nell

    Nice! Thanks for organizing, Trevor.

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Annette M.

    Is this really scheduled for 10 p.m. at night?

    June 19, 2013

    • Annette M.

      That's good cause I doubt we would see much wildlife at that time of the night. LOL

      June 19, 2013

    • Trevor C.

      We might see some bats :-)

      June 19, 2013

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