The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge allows community members and visitors to get up close and personal with local wildlife, ecosystems, and birds. 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, or scout for birds and other abundant wildlife in the 5,300-acre Refuge, which serves as the City’s backyard.
The Port of Ridgefield offers two port launches at the Ridgefield waterfront on the banks of Lake River. The boat launch is located at the west end of Mill Street and Lake River. It provides two cement launches with a center launch float, a day-use dock, and a grassy picnic area.
The Kayak Launch offers paddlers and non-motorized boaters a great place to float a boat and take in views of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Bachelor Slough and Island. The Kayak Launch is located at the west end of Division Street and Lake River. It offers kayak rentals, guided trips, dock or beach launching, and a picnic area.
The Marina is a convenient option for fisherman and boaters that prefer the northern Columbia River. The Ridgefield Wildlife Preserve encompasses the marina and offers boaters a quiet, beautiful retreat.
There are numerous parks and trails in the City of Ridgefield and surrounding area that provide a variety of recreational opportunities. View our list of major parks and trails.