Visitor Activities

Snow Geese and Swans on Big Pond, Camas

Recreation Opportunities 

Wildlife Observation and Photography

The refuge provides excellent opportunities to view and photograph wildlife throughout the year. If you drive on the refuge roads, chances are good that you will see a rich diversity of animal life.

The Wildlife Viewing Route winds past ponds, marshes and fields. It offers a representative view of the refuge wildlife and habitats.

Hunting Areas
Hunting is permitted only in certain areas, see Rules and Regulations section. 

  • Photography

    Yellow headed black bird

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography.  That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate.  You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started.  A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list.  Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes.  Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System.  We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive! 

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  • Hiking and Skiing

    hiking birding trail

    Visitors may hike on roads year-round. Hiking is also permitted off roads anytime EXCEPT March 1-July 15.

    The accessible walking trail is open all year, however be aware the trail is not maintained during the winter months.

    Skiing and Snowshoeing
    Visitors are welcome to snowshoe or cross-country ski in the refuge. Use areas and dates are the same as those for hiking (see above).

  • Other Information

    owl other information

    Fires, boating, fishing, camping, and collecting natural objects such as plants, animals, minerals, antlers, and objects of antiquity (including Indian artifacts) are prohibited.

    Be advised that no general services are available in Hamer.  The nearest gas stations are Roberts, 20 miles south of Refuge on I15 and Dubios 17 miles north.  Dubois has food and lodging available and Roberts offers a couple of restuarants.  The cities closest that have the most accomdations are Idaho Falls and Rexburg.  The Caribou-Targhee National Forest, 40 miles to the north offers campground facilities.  The Bureau of Land Management also has existing camping facilities in the area.