Hours & Directions

Refuge Hours

Current hours daily are: 7:00 am to 6:30 pm

The Refuge is open everyday during daylight hours. Closing times for the automated gate are posted on the gate at the refuge entrance. No pedestrian access allowed after dark.

The Main Refuge Office regular business hours are 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and can be reached at 360-887-4106.

Note: Periodically, the refuge may be closed for scheduled maintenance or construction projects, or because weather conditions have created hazardous conditions. Look for updates on this and the Official Refuge website, or the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page (you do not need an account to view posts).

Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends can be contacted via email through the contact form below, and we will get back to you as soon as we can during regular business hours.

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.

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.

You can download printable maps for the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge walking trails, The Carty Unit and the Auto-Tour Route below.

Note: Access to certain areas of the Refuge is limited on a seasonal basis. River ‘S’ Unit visitors should check with Refuge personnel before attempting to enter any area not specifically designated as a public access area.

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