Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is finally open!

The new entrance to the refuge.

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is open after a 2 year closure! I love the new trail…the first mile takes you along the dike, so you get an amazing vantage point looking down. After the first mile, you can get deeper into the refuge and now hike over 4 miles! Today we saw a white pelican, a bittern, herons roosting, an osprey with babies, purple martens, a red tail hawk, an egret, and more. So excited to visit regularly and update my hike descriptions.

View of Larch Mountain (Oregon) from the Mountain View Trail

Parking was challenging on opening day, so try visiting on a weekday in the coming weeks. There is a lot of excitement about the new trails, which all have new names. Also, remember that the trails aren’t complete yet, so it will look like a bit of a construction zone in some places. Check out the new trail map and head on over!

Big thanks to Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other partners for making this happen! Check out this great write-up here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND CLICKABLE LINKS for “little feet hiking: Columbia River Gorge”

Recommended Websites and Organizations:

Website links for the Columbia River Gorge:

Website links for organizations with interests in the area::

Website links for hiking and naturalist topics:

Recommended Books and Accessories:

Book recommendations for the Columbia River Gorge:

Recommend hiking, first aid, and survival books:

Recommended plant books:

Recommended wildlife books:

Recommended nature connection books:

Recommended accessories:

  • Compass
  • Measuring tape (for measuring tracks)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Magnifying Glass