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Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Looking to combine a little wildlife with an awesome outdoor adventure? Look no further then Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge just outside Vancouver, WA in Washougal, WA . Below is our full review on the area.

Steigerwald lake national wildlife refuge

Steigerwald lake national wildlife refuge is just outside Vancouver, WA and is home to lots of animals and easy trails. The 2.8 loop trail is flat and easy with lots of scenic vistas and tons of wildlife. Season trails are open from May 1-October 1 making this refuge even more exciting to explore during the spring and summer.

There are bathrooms at the trail head and parts of this trail are certainly stroller and baby carrier friendly.

Steigerwald lake national wildlife refuge



  • Beautiful and easy adventure for kids.

  • Amazing wildlife ( turtles, deer, rabbit, raccoon, squirrels , weasel, rodents, frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes). Oh, and LOADS of birds.


Really there are not too many cons to this trip. All around it 's a perfect spot to take the kids. Beautiful views and amazing wildlife make this an excellent PNW kids adventure spot!

However, no dogs are allowed, which means no dog poop but it also means you can't enjoy this beautiful spot with your best furry friends. Last possible con is the trail is quite exposed in most parts, making this something you may want to avoid in the middle of the day on very hot and sunny days.

Steigerwald lake national wildlife refuge

Have you been to Steigerwald lake national wildlife refuge? What did you think? Let us know if the comments below! Do you have an awesome Pacific Northwest family outdoor adventure you want us to feature? Email us and make sure you follow us on instagram here!

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