Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
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Ridgefield NWR is comprised of five units that total 5,150 acres of marshes, grasslands and ridgefield/wildlifes. Preservation of the natural Columbia River floodplain is the management objective of the Carty (2-mile self guided hiking trail) Roth and Ridgeport Dairy units. The River "S" (4.2 mile auto tour route and 1.5 mile seasonal hiking trail) and Bachelor Island units are managed to maximize habitat for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife.

Stately sandhill cranes, shorebirds and a great variety of songbirds stop on the refuge during spring and fall migrations.

Visitors seeking to hike on the refuge year-round may use the Oaks-to-Wetlands trail on the Carty unit. This trail follows the shoreline of floodplain wetlands and passes through oak and Douglas-fir ridgefield/wildlifes providing opportunities to view many species of wildlife. Between October 1 and April 30, visitors may drive the auto tour route on the River "S" Unit but must remain in their vehicles to minimize disturbance to wildlife. Hiking on the River "S" Unit is available May 1 through September 30 on the auto tour route and hiking trail only. The auto tour route has an information kiosk and separate observation blind for viewing the more than 180 species of birds and other wildlife year-round.


Archaeologist Melissa Darby Presents "Wapato For The People" September 8th, 2pm

2pm, In the Plankhouse Wapato has been a food for people of the Northern Hemisphere since ancient times. Ethnohistoric accounts describe wapato as an important root for the Native People who lived on the Lower Columbia and Lower Fraser Rivers, where it was traded from the freshwater estuaries out to the coast, and east to the mountains. This root has also been found in archaeological sites in the Great Basin and in ancient archaeological sites in Europe. It is also cultivated in Asia. In this presentation, archaeologist Melissa Darby will describe the use of wapato in the world. Guided tours of the Plankhouse and special childrens activities will be available from 12pm-4pm.


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Natural History Series

Employment Opportunity
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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Recognition
December 2011
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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Fundraiser
September 2011
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Second Sunday Series Schedule

Second Sunday Series
Join us each second Sunday from April-October for a program focusing on Chinookan culture,
archaeology and natural history. Click above for more details.



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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Recognition
February 2010
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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Recognition
December 6, 2008
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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Recognition
December 2007
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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
November 17, 2005 - Ridgefield Community Center
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Spring Volunteer Appreciation Party and Goodbye to the Donovans
at the new shop on Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. June 5, 2005. For more pictures, click here.


Click here to go to Lewis River Bed and Breakfast.
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Click here for Ridgefield BirdFest Marketplace
Click above for Ridgefield BirdFest Market Place.

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Project
The kick off for the Cathlapotle Plankhouse project was held on
Saturday, September 7, 2002 on the Carty Unit of the Refuge.
For information and pictures of the kick off event, click here.

Lewis & Clark Bicentennial







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