Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • 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.


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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Coot with Cootlings

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

About the Complex

Southeast Idaho NWR Complex

Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge 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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