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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon: Hours, Address, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Reviews: 4.5/5

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Consisting of 5,150 acres of scenic terrain, this region is the home for great blue herons and a resting spot for sandhill cranes.
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Steven S
Las Vegas, NV152 contributions
A Well-Spent Hour Viewing Nature Up Close
Aug 2012 • Couples
Why this Clark County, Washington State located Refuge is listed as being in Oregon I've no idea, but it is just 15 minutes North of Vancouver, Washington and the $3 entrance fee is a steal as there is a knowledgeable Ranger and Volunteer staffed at the entrance who really do a good job of setting visitors up for a good, quality experience including a CD that takes you through the 14 different stops along the auto route. We really enjoyed coming upon two river otters at stop 11 who were playing in a slough alongside the road. Excellent experience that we will repeat this coming fall.
Written August 8, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LaurettaYoung
Portland, OR545 contributions
Go for the swans!
Jan 2012
This refuge is wonderful all times of the year. From May to Oct there are trails to walk, in the winter it is a car loop where one uses your car as your "blind" to view the wildlife in the lakes and meadows and forested areas. There is one very short trail open year round with a blind out to the major lake.
The key attraction from my point of view however are the thousands of over wintering Tundra Swans which stay here from about Sept to maybe Feb. They come down from Alaska to be "warm" although recently there was ice at the edges of most of the lakes due to several nights of below freezing. There are banded swans there for a tracking project done in Alaska where many were banded at White Salmon Alaska and several of the birds are four years old now. Most swans are not banded of course.
Besides swans on any given winter day our count is usually about 40-50 species. Generally toward the end of the day the Sandhill Cranes come in for the night too. Many many species of ducks also fill the many ponds and lakes including quite a large number of Cinammon Teals. Many raptors including Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers and on occasion other hawks and raptors.

In the spring of course the birds change with some of these birds flying north and others arriving to breed in that area. A common summer visitor is the Yellow Headed Blackbird whose rough calls from the cat tails in the ponds can be heard all around the refuge. Often some incredibly rare visitors arrive and cause quite the interest in the local birding community..

It's lovely to go here even if not a "serious" bird watcher just to see the thousands of lovely white swans so close. I have seen Bitterns and other rarities but those generally appeal to bird watchers...

One cautionary note-- the bathroom facilities are porta potties of questionable and variable cleanliness-- go before you go is my advice! no food or water on this auto tour route-- the small town of Ridgefield is about two miles away for lunch and gas if desired.. Take some snacks and some water and you'll be great..
Written January 15, 2012
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