Nature & Recreation

Ridgefield’s location in the rolling, pastoral hills and along the Columbia River provides ample opportunities to enjoy views and activities within nature.


Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

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.


Fishing and Boating

Port of Ridgefield Boat & Kayak Launches

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.

McCuddy’s Ridgefield Marina

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.


Parks and Trails

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.

 

 


Historic Walking Tour

Old Town Ridgefield is the home to many historical sites including homes, churches, theaters, banks, and City Hall. Take a self-guided walking tour and explore the past while getting some exercise.

 


Youth Sports Programs

Soccer – Area soccer clubs provide recreation through advanced soccer programs for boys and girls ages 5 thru 19. Some clubs include Pacific SC, and Pacific FC.

Baseball – Ridgefield Little League provides baseball and softball opportunities from T-ball through Junior leagues (ages 5-14).

Football – Clark County Youth Football provides a tackle football program for youth throughout Clark County. The goal of CCYF is to build feeder programs for local high schools. The Greater Northwest Conference of Pop Warner provides football programs in Oregon and SW Washington.

Cheerleading – The Greater Northwest Conference of Pop Warner also provides cheerleading programs in Oregon and SW Washington. The Conference is divided into seven associations using local school districts as boundaries. Ridgefield residents participate in the North County Wildcats Association.