Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1965 to provide wintering habitat for the dusky subspecies of the Canada goose. Today, the Refuge preserves both habitat for wildlife, and evidence of the people who once lived here.

Opportunities for outdoor recreation are plentiful at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Adventure via kayak or canoe along a 21-mile long water trail, explore parks and land trails, visit the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, take to the water to fish or go boating, or scout for birds and other abundant wildlife in the 5,300-acre Refuge, which serves as the City’s backyard.