Estuary Partnership Celebrates National Trails Day with Paddle in Ridgefield

Ridgefield, WA proved to be a great location to celebrate two water trails and National Trails Day on Saturday June 1. The Estuary Partnership was there with our two Canoes, the Chinook Indian Nation was there with their canoe "Ixwit" and dozens of kayakers joined the flotilla down Lake River to the Columbia. The celebration included the unveiling of Lower Columbia River Water Trail signage for the Ridgefield Boat Launch, and acknowledgement of the Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Water Trail Paddling Guide. Erik Anderson from the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge and Sam Robinson from the Chinook Indian Nation provided interpretation along the way, noting the area's unique cultural, historical, and ecological features. Key event partners included the Port of Ridgefield, City of Ridgefield, Ridgefield Kayaking, Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation, and the Estuary Partnership.