Facility Activities

Activities available at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge include wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation, hunting and fishing.  Visit the Wildlife Education Center to learn about the birds and habitat of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.

A network of trails at the Wildlife Education Center offers 3 different paths to choose.  Just under 1 mile of paved trails and just over 1/2 mile of gravel.  Choose your style and enjoy the outdoors.

Auto tour routes offer a great all-season way to see wildlife and habitats from the comfort of your car. By using your car as a viewing blind, you can often see more wildlife than you can see on foot.
From bald eagles to spoonbills, from condors to puffins, birds abound on national wildlife refuges. Refuges provide places for birds to nest, rest, feed and breed making them world-renown for their birding opportunities.

Fishing season is in accordance with state regulations. Available species include catfish and carp on specified areas of the Bear River channel.

Junior high students learn that the Great Salt Lake is saltier than the sea, and this can lead many to believe that this giant inland body of water thus holds little value for wildlife. Duck hunters know better. The wetlands around the lake offer some of the best waterfowl hunting in the West....

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is a world class birding destination.  Over 250 species use the Refuge for various lifecycle needs.

Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.
Painting and sketching in nature is possible at nearly all sites open to the public. Sometimes, sites host public displays of artworks created on the refuge.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge provides many different opportunities to experience the outdoors and the Ranger-led programs is just one of those ways.  Check out our website often for new and continued programs.

Biking is a good way to see wildlife, learn about habitats and photograph nature. Yield to pedestrians; many refuge routes are multi-use trails. Biking may be permitted at sites where it is consistent with a refuge’s statutory purpose. E-bikes are permitted on any refuge roads and trails where traditional bicycle use is allowed, if it is consistent with a refuge’s statutory purpose and the refuge manager determines it to be a compatible use.
Many multi-purpose trails are open to runners and joggers as well as walkers and, in some cases, bicyclists. Some sites host annual fun runs. Check individual refuge websites for details.
Many sites do not allow dogs because they can disturb wildlife. Refuges that do allow dogs generally require that they be leashed. Some sites allow hunters and sledders to bring dogs.
While traditional geocaching (the burial or removal of "treasure") is generally not permitted at national wildlife refuges because it disturbs wildlife habitat, virtual geocaching may be allowed. In this variant, GPS coordinates lead to points of interest, such as cultural sites or exhibits, that participants can check off on a list.
A few sites allow picnicking at designated areas.

Teachers and educators can find many options for their students and classes at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.  The Refuge and the Friends of Bear River Refuge leads many programs throughout the year, including environmental education programs such as, Mountain Wilds to Wetland Wonders!...