The wetlands around the Great Salt Lake offer some of the best waterfowl hunting in the West. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge protects over 77,000 acres of open water, marsh, and mud flats on a northern inlet of the Great Salt Lake. Areas of the Refuge are designated as open for waterfowl and pheasant hunting. Waterfowl hunters enter the area by foot or in small boats. Temporary blinds may be constructed but must be removed daily. An accessible blind is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Up to 500,000 ducks use the Refuge each fall during migration, and as many as 30,000 tundra swans also spend the fall on the Refuge. Hunters who draw a special swan permit with the state of Utah may pursue these birds.