The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was established (along with 3 other refuges in the Willamette Valley of Oregon) in 1965, in response to a need to establish vital winter habitat for wintering waterfowl with an emphasis on the dusky Canada goose whose nesting areas in Alaska were severly impacted by the violent earthquake of 1964. Ridgefield Refuge is currently approximately 5,300 acres of marshes, grasslands and woodlands. Ridgefield Refuge is one of over 540 Refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 94 million acre Refuge System is the only nationwide network of Federal lands managed specifically for the conservation of fish and wildlife. Refuges serve to protect our nation's natural and cultural resources for the people of all ages and for generations to come. Ridgefield Refuge is collectively managed with Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuges, as the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Tracy P. on Sauvie Island: Warrior Rock Lightho...
way toooo many skeeters yikes!!! but good other then that
This is one of my favorite summer hikes. I have done it many times. Works perfect for an easy solo hike. I usually get out there before 10 with a packed lunch and towel. It works out great to hike the 3 miles out, relax, enjoy the sun and eat lunch on the pretty much secluded beach. I see a few people each time but never more than a dozen or so. I have never had a parking problem and since I use Sauvie Island almost every weekend in the summer paying for a yearly parking pass is worth it. The ONLY thing I am bugged by is the mosquitoes can be pretty bad along certain parts of the trail so just need to remember repellant and your are good to go.