Directions & Maps

For the Carty Unit, Refuge Office, and Plankhouse:

Physical Address: 28908 NW Main Avenue, Ridgefield WA 98642

Directions:

From Interstate 5 (both north and south) take Exit 14 for Pioneer Street/ Washington 501 W toward Ridgefield.

At the exit, (from the north) turn right for NW 269th/Pioneer Street.
At the exit, (from the south) turn left for NW 269th/Pioneer Street.

At the traffic circle, take stay on NW 269th/Pioneer Street.

At the second traffic circle on NW 269th/Pioneer Street. Continue to follow Pioneer Street.

At Main Street, take a right. Continue on N Main for 1 mile.

Refuge Entrance will be on the left.

For River S' Unit, Auto Tour Route, and Hunter Check Station:

Physical Address: 1071 S Hilhurst Rd, Ridgefield WA 98642

Directions:

From Interstate 5 (both north and south) take Exit 14 for Pioneer Street/ Washington 501 W toward Ridgefield.

At the exit, (from the north) turn right for NW 269th/Pioneer Street.
At the exit, (from the south) turn left for NW 269th/Pioneer Street.

At the traffic circle stay on NW 269th/Pioneer Street.

At the second traffic circle stay on NW 269th/Pioneer Street. Continue to follow Pioneer Street.

At S 9th Ave to S Hillhurst Street, turn left. Continue on S Hillhurst Road.

Refuge Entrance will be on the right.

Entrance Fees & Passes

An important feature of Ridgefield’s recreation and entrance fee program allows 80% of the funds collected to remain at the Refuge to be used for recreation related expenses including brochures, signs, facilities enhancement, trail/road maintenance, restoration associated with wildlife-dependent recreation, and public safety.
Periodically, the refuge may be closed for scheduled maintenance or construction projects, or because weather conditions have caused refuge trails or the auto tour route to be unsafe for visitors.

Day Use Fee
There is a daily fee of $3.00 per passenger vehicle or motorcycle to enter the Carty and River “S” units. Please note that seasonal hiking restrictions apply on the River “S” unit beyond the entrance to the Refuge.

Refuge Passes
A Ridgefield NWR specific pass, valid for one year from the date of issue, may be purchased for $15.00 at the Refuge office at 28908 NW Main Ave in Ridgefield. You can also purchase a variety of other passes that grant you access to federal lands at the Refuge office. For a complete listing of federal passes available, visit the Ridgefield NWR website.

Refuge Map

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River ‘S’ Unit Map

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Oaks to Wetlands Trail Map

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Visitor Facilities

Parking, information kiosks, and restroom facilities are located at both the Carty Unit and River S’ entrances. There is also an additional restroom facility located approximently half way around the Auto Tour Route at the Viewing Blind parking lot, which is open year-round.

There are no drinking fountains, picnic areas, or garbage cans available so please come ready to pack out what you bring in.

Facilities are almost exclusively maintained by volunteers so please respect their hard work and leave everything as you found it.

Note: Garbage thrown in toilets is NOT retrievable. If the toilets are filled with trash they will eventually have to be closed permanently.  Please help us keep this facility functional for everyone and take your trash home with you.

Groups

Parking areas and Auto Tour Route is wide and tall enough to accommodate most buses and RVs. Pre-scheduled group tours are asked to check in with Refuge management to ensure that they are not conflicting with an already scheduled group. Assistance for schools and other educational groups may also be available. Please contact Josie Finley for more information at 360-887-4106 or Josie_Finley@fws.gov.

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