Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington"
Includes ... Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail ... Gibbons Creek ... Steigerwald Lake NWR ...
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Sign, Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken August 2, 2009.


Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail ...
Nearly three miles of trail are located within the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. As of 2010 the "art" along the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail was still being added.

Columbia River Dike Trail ...
The Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail intersects the Columbia River Dike Trail at two points.
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Columbia River Dike Trail (left) at Steigerwald Lake NWR (right), Washougal, Washington. Image taken March 18, 2016.

Along the Trail

  • Paint Palatte ...
  • "Listen to Wildlife Lyrics" ...
  • Doors ...
  • The Trail is Open !!! ...
  • "The Refuge sets the table for wildlife" ...
  • "New Beginnings" ...
  • "Cutout Tree" ...
  • Stone Bench and Sign Post ...
  • "Bittern" ...
  • Bronze Snake, Newt, and "Big Bug" ...
  • Bugs on Gibbons Creek Bridge ...
  • Bike Racks ...
  • Nature's Canvas ...


Paint Palette ...
The paint palette is located on a rock at the beginning of the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail, next to the parking lot.

"Nature's canvas is full of amazing colors,
textures, and shapes. As you walk the trail,
look closer-natural and manmade art is
waiting to be discovered.
     What do they mean to you?"

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Paint Palette, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Located on a rock at the beginning of the Gibbons Creek trail, next to the parking lot. Image taken February 10, 2011.


"Listen to Wildlife Lyrics" ...
Located along the first boardwalk closest to the parking lot. This area was burned in a fire in _____. The boardwalk was replaced with a gravel path.

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"Listen to Wildlife Lyrics", Willow Flycatcher, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Before fire. Image taken October 19, 2010.
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"Listen to Wildlife Lyrics", Yellow Warbler, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. After fire. Image taken March 18, 2016.
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"Welcome to our Home", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. After fire. This now gravel path was initially a boardwalk. Image taken March 18, 2016.


Doors ...
The northern trail of the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail closes for the winter. Beginning in 2010 the "Keep Out" signs were DOORS !!!!!

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Door, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Western door along the northern trail. Image taken October 19, 2010.
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Door, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Eastern door along the northern trail, where the trail connects to the dike trail. Image taken October 19, 2010.
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Closeup, door, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Western door along the northern trail. Image taken October 19, 2010.


The Trail is Open !!! ...

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The Trail is OPEN !!! ... Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Western door along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.


"The Refuge sets the table for wildlife" ...

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"The Refuge sets the table for wildlife", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.
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"The Refuge sets the table for wildlife", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.
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"The Refuge sets the table for wildlife", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.
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"The Refuge sets the table for wildlife", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.


"New Beginnings" ...

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"New Beginnings", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.
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"New Beginnings", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.
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"New Beginnings", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.


"Cutout Tree" ...

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"Cutout Tree", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.
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Cutout tree, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.
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Cutout tree, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.
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Cutout tree, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Along the northern trail. Image taken May 18, 2011.


Stone Bench and Sign Post ...
A stone bench overlooks Redtail Lake. Now a sign post lets Refuge walkers know that Canada is 1,500 miles and Alaska is 2,500 north, Mexico is 1,500 miles and South American is 6,500 miles south, the Great Basin is 1,500 miles east, and the Pacific Coast is 90 miles west. One side of the banner shows Spring and Summer birds, and the other side shows Fall and Winter birds.

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Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 19, 2010.
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Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 19, 2010.
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Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 19, 2010.


"Bittern" ...

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"Bittern", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken May 14, 2015.


Bronze Snake, Newt, and "Big Bug" ...

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Bronze Snake and Newt, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken April 2, 2012.
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Bronze "Big Bug" in tree, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken April 8, 2012.


Bugs on Gibbons Creek Bridge ...

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Bettens Silverstreak Caddisfly, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. On the bridge over Gibbons Creek. Image taken March 6, 2012.
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Black-winged Damselfly, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. On the bridge over Gibbons Creek. Image taken March 6, 2012.
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California Stonefly, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. On the bridge over Gibbons Creek. Image taken March 6, 2012.
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Common Water Strider, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. On the bridge over Gibbons Creek. Image taken March 6, 2012.
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Snowy Tree Cricket, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. On the bridge over Gibbons Creek. Image taken March 6, 2012.
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Water Boatman, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. On the bridge over Gibbons Creek. Image taken March 6, 2012.


Bike Racks ...
Unusual looking bike racks were being installed on the day this web author visited the Refuge. Great Blue Herons had been installed on the south side of the parking lot. Canada Geese (according to the workmen, personally they look more like ducks to me) were being installed on the western trailhead next to the dike.

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Installing "geese" bike racks, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 19, 2010.
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Bike racks, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken March 18, 2016.
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Great Blue Heron bike racks, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 19, 2010.
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Great Blue Heron bike rack, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken October 19, 2010.


Nature's Canvas ...
"Nature's Canvas" is located at the southwest corner of Steigerwald Lake NWR, where the Art Trail meets the Columbia River Dike Trail.

"Nature's canvas is full of
amazing colors, textures,
and shapes. As you walk
the trail, look closer
natural and manmade
art is waiting
to be discovered.
     What do they mean to you?"

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"Nature's Canvas", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken March 18, 2016.
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"Nature's Canvas", Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken March 18, 2016.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 3, 1805 ...




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    See Steigerwald Lake NWR;   

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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