One of over 500 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States, Bear Lake Refuge was established in 1968 to protect and manage habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds.
Bear Lake Refuge is located in southeast Idaho, seven miles south of Montpelier.
Surrounded by mountains, it lies in Bear Lake Valley at an elevation ranging from 5,925 feet on the marsh to 6,800 feet on the rocky slopes of Merkley Mountain. The refuge office is located in the town of Montpelier.
Summers at Bear Lake are cool with temperatures seldom exceeding 90 degrees. At night, summer temperatures generally drop below 50 degrees. From mid-November through mid-April, snow and ice cover the refuge. Annual precipitation varies from 10 to 12 inches.
Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan Available
The Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan/Environmental Assessment for Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area is available for viewing and download at:
The Land Protection Plan for the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area
Regions 6 and 1 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service undertook an exciting planning process that spans the Bear River Watershed. Please click on the following link for more information and the planning document.
Annette de Knijf, Refuge Manager
Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
mail: P.O. Box 9; deliveries: 322 North 4th St.
Montpelier, ID 83254
phone & fax: 208-847-1757; cell: 208-244-1664