Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

1071 S. Hillhurst Rd.
Ridgefield, WA 98642- Map It
Phone: (360) 887-4106

AAA Editor Notes

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is 3 mi. w. of I-5 exit 14; entrance is at 1071 S. Hillhurst Rd. The Carty unit features a 2-mile self-guiding hiking trail through open fields and oak and fir tree groves. Cathlapotle Plankhouse, a full-scale replica of a Chinookan structure, houses natural and cultural history exhibits. The River “S” Unit, south of Ridgefield, consists of ponds, fields and pasture. A 4.2-mile self-guiding driving tour route is open daily; a 1.5-mile hiking trail is open May through September. The refuge is home to sandhill cranes, songbirds, reptiles and mammals. Canada geese, tundra swans and a variety of ducks are numerous in the winter months.
Admission $3 (per private vehicle). Cash or check only.
Hours: Refuge open daily dawn-dusk. Plankhouse open most weekends noon-4, mid-Apr. to early Oct. Allow 2 hours minimum.