Connecting Power of Community with Passion for Nature

Connecting Power of Community with Passion for Nature

The Gorge Refuge Stewards is a group of dedicated volunteers working to preserve, protect, and restore the native habitat on three National Wildlife Refuges on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge: Steigerwald Lake, Franz Lake and Pierce.

On the Refuge

Steigerwald Lake NWR is OPEN!


Keep up to date on all the incredible stories coming out of Steigerwald Reconnection Project by following, us (@refugestewards) and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (@estuarypartnership) on Instagram and Facebook, and also following the Refuge2020 Blog.


From Our Volunteer Coordinator

We are thrilled to be bringing volunteers back to work!  So far we have been slowly reactivating volunteers who were with us in the past before COVID.  We have 11 trail stewards now at Steigerwald helping answer visitors questions and being a welcoming face on the trails.  We will be onboarding new volunteers during the summer with our next Volunteer Training on June 12th.  This is for folks that want to volunteer for positions that work with visitors or in the community. This position is called Refuge Ambassadors, and if you enjoy getting to know people and sharing your enthusiasm, we would love to have you join us! Email volunteer@refugestewards.org to learn more. 

Habitat restoration projects are currently limited due to much of the work at Steigerwald is still being done by contractors.  We will have opportunities soon! 

Upcoming Events

Recent Sightings at Steigerwald Lake

  • Canada Goose

    26 Jun 2022 by Austin Lynch

  • Cinnamon Teal

    26 Jun 2022 by Austin Lynch

  • Mallard

    26 Jun 2022 by Austin Lynch

  • Vaux's Swift

    26 Jun 2022 by Austin Lynch

  • Killdeer

    26 Jun 2022 by Austin Lynch

  • Double-crested Cormorant

    26 Jun 2022 by Austin Lynch

  • Great Blue Heron

    26 Jun 2022 by Austin Lynch

  • Great Egret

    26 Jun 2022 by Austin Lynch

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