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.

Nice walk with the dog!

An easy flat hike, especially for kids. Great beach cove to picnic and wade in the river at the lighthouse. Make sure to get a parking permit at the store at the bottom of the bridge. You will get a ticket!

Awesome trail

way toooo many skeeters yikes!!! but good other then that

Gorgeous day with cool breezes along the Columbia. saw bald eagles, kingfisher, deer and a half dozen osprey nests with chicks.

hiking
5 months ago

Make sure you pack mosquito repellant. A lot of people on the trail. it's worth it for the end view.

It's long and hot but a beautiful beach at the end and beach walk in the beginning . Lots of birds we even saw seals in the water

Very cool to see the old light house definitely worth the trip!

lovely relaxed hike, either along the beach or in the woods. the lighthouse is historic and very cool. well worth the trek

walking
1 year ago

I enjoyed the hike. It's pretty muddy during the winter in some spots.

Trail is fun on the beaches, muddy forest path not so much. A good place for a walk but not really worth the price of admission.

A good walk through the trees along the shoreline. Nice, flat, fairly shaded "hike", but lots of ruts and mud at the start. Crowded. I was able to take my dogs onto the beach and they totally loved it!

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.