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Bear Lake
National Wildlife Refuge


322 North 4th St.
Montpelier, ID   83254 - 1019
E-mail: Annette_deKnijf@fws.gov
Phone Number: 208-847-1757
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/bear_lake/
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  History
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Around the same time, the Utah Power and Light Company built a canal system and pumping station as part of a water storage and power generation system. The system diverted the Bear River through the marsh and into Bear Lake for storage until released for use downstream. Because of the storage system, the marsh fluctuates from a full level in the spring to a lower level in the fall.

An early trapper, Donald McKenzie, is given credit for naming Black Bears Lake. The name was later shortened to Bear Lake, for which the valley, county, and refuge were named.


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