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  • 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.

  • Ruddy duck

    Ruddy Duck

    This duck gets its name from rusty or ruddy color of its feathers.



Coot with Cootlings

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

About the Complex

Southeast Idaho NWR Complex

The Southeast Idaho NWR Complex administers five units of the Refuge System: Camas, Grays Lake, Bear Lake, and Minidoka NWRs, and Oxford Slough WPA

Bear Lake 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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  • 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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  • Winter at the Refuge

    Rainbow sub unit

    Winters can be long at Bear Lake, but very scenic!

    Bear Lake Landscape
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2017
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