• Black crowned night heron

    Black Crowned Night Heron

    Here at Bear Lake NWR, these very adaptable herons nest in bulrush and cattails.

  • Rainbow nesting island

    Nesting Islands

    Double-crested cormorants and California gulls nest on the ground at BLNWR.


Bear Lake Wildlife

Canada Goose with brood

Spring, summer, and fall are good times to take advantage of the refuge's excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. May and June are especially prime times to see a lot of wildlife activity, such as these Canada geese with goslings

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Coot with Cootlings

Bear Lake is a resting and nesting place for a variety of waterfowl species.

About the Complex

Southeast Idaho NWR Complex

Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Idaho NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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