Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a wildlife preserve, one of the national wildlife refuges operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, located in the westernmost part of Clark County, Washington. The refuge protects more than 5,200 acres of marshes, grasslands, and woodlands.

Activity Notes

We will drive through the River S Unit to see waterfowl returning South as well as other birds there.  Then we go to the Carty Unit and do some hiking, will see birds here as well but main purpose is hiking.  Length of hike depends on where we can hike but no more than 4 miles.   

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 18 miles
Distance - Round Trip 4 miles
General Route Info Ridgefield NWR has two sections open to the public, River S Unit and Carty Unit. Typically the hike starts with the River S which is traveled by car except that May-Sept one can also hike the Kiwa Trail in River S, a 1.2 mile loop, and can hike the 4.2 mile car route then as well. The Carty Unit is designed for hiking with several trails that can add up to as much as 4 miles including a grove of the oldest oak trees in the west and Cathlapotle Plankhouse, and Native American structure. Water levels can affect availablity of hiking trails.
Expected Duration Car to car in one day
Interesting Features Birds
Relevant Books Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (on-line pamphlet)
Relevant Maps Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (on-line pamphlet)
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