Birding

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Steigerwald Hike and Birding

Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge

This formerly seasonal floodplain lake, located on the eastern boundary of Washougal, is the southernmost spot in the state. Over 200 species have been recorded on this 1,049 acre refuge including White-faced Ibis, Surf Scoter, White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Gyrfalcon, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Gray Flycatcher, Black Phoebe, Sage Thrasher, and Lesser Goldfinch. – By Wilson Cady of the Vancouver Audubon Society

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Steamboat Landing

The first birding stop is at Steamboat Landing Park just east of milepost 16 on the Lewis and Clark Highway (Highway 14). This park on the Columbia River has a floating fishing dock from which you can scan the Columbia River for loons, grebes, and diving ducks over the rocky reef just downstream. The parking lot here gives you access to the west end of the dike that now separates Steigerwald Lake from the Columbia River. – By Wilson Cady of the Vancouver Audubon Society

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Steamboat Landing Park Fishing
Birding Levee Trail

Dike Trail

As you head east, off shore is Reed Island, an undeveloped State Park with a Great Blue Heron Rookery. Check the shallow protected waters between the island and the dike for loons, grebes, and diving ducks and the open fields for geese, cranes, and raptors. Along the dike there are white posts with mileage marks on them, the barns at mile 1.25 often have wintering sparrows around them. – By Wilson Cady of the Vancouver Audubon Society

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Capt. William Clark Park

As you head east, off shore is Reed Island, an undeveloped State Park with a Great Blue Heron Rookery. Check the shallow protected waters between the island and the dike for loons, grebes, and diving ducks and the open fields for geese, cranes, and raptors. Along the dike there are white posts with mileage marks on them, the barns at mile 1.25 often have wintering sparrows around them. – By Wilson Cady of the Vancouver Audubon Society

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Captain William Clark Park
Franz Lake Wildlife Refuge

Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuge

In the spring and fall, migrating birds rest and feed at this riverside sanctuary on their way to northern breeding grounds, or southern wintering homes. When native natural resources return, so do the wildlife that depend upon them. Wapato, a starchy bulbous root, reappeared in the 1980s, soon after swans began returning to rest and feed. – City of Washougal

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