Plan Your Visit


From photography to hiking, there are many wonderful adventures to experience at Grays Lake!

Getting here: Grays Lake Refuge is north of Soda Springs, off Highway 34. The turnoff is about 27 miles north of Soda Springs, and 21 miles from Freedom, Wyoming. The turnoff is signed. From the intersection it is about 3 miles north to the refuge office, visitor center, and overlook.

Visitors are welcome at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  At times, however, large portions of the refuge are closed to public entry to minimize wildlife disturbance. Grays Lake  is open from sunrise to sunset.   No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge. Daily accessible self-serve indoor and outdoor exhibits at the Refuge Headquarters provide information about the refuge and its wildlife from May 1 – November 15.   

 Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged, but seasonal closures are enacted to protect nesting wildlife.  Public wildlife observation and photography opportunities are restricted to designated public roads surrounding Grays Lake  from April 1 – September 19 to minimize wildlife disturbance. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals; see map for more details. 

Hiking is allowed on the Bear Island trail and in the public hunting area to the north of Bear Island from September 20-March 31. Permission should be obtained from landowners before crossing private land to enter open portions of the refuge.  Please leave all gates as you find them. 

Bicycling is allowed only on designated public access roads; it is not allowed on trails or roads closed to public vehicles or horses. 

Lodging, fuel, and supplies are available in Soda Springs, Idaho. Listings are available through The BLM has campgrounds, as does the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.   

 For questions about recreation on the refuge, please contact the refuge office.  

Please see the maps section for additional guidance.