Downtown Waterfront District

The Downtown Waterfront District is nestled at the end of Pioneer Street, where small town charm is made magical with the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge as its front door. the meandering Lake River provides a welcoming avenue for kayaking, fishing, boating, hunting and bird watching.  Here, is a 41-acre, Port-owned waterfront development site with a waterfront trail that traverses the property and into the Refuge.


Ridgefield’s Downtown Waterfront District features a vibrant mix of locally owned businesses in a natural setting. Here, locals and visitors enjoy leisurely shopping, dining and visiting – providing the perfect location for the entrepreneur seeking business success, community connection and access to world-class recreational activities.

By-The-Numbers

  • Average annual visits to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: 110,000
  • Estimated total annual non-motorized and motorized vessel launches from Ridgefield boat ramp: 12,000
  • Estimated annual Birdfest attendees: 4,000
  • Population within 2 hours of Ridgefield: 5.6 million and growing

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