Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Swan Checks

The Refuge will complete Swan Checks in November, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 7 PM. All other times, please visit a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Office.

Utah DWR Office Locations


Current Conditions


In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily closing the Wildlife Education Center. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you -- our friends and neighbors. We will continue to monitor the situation and all relevant guidance and will resume Wildlife Education Center operations when it is prudent to do so. The Auto Tour Route,Wetland Wonders and Marsh Meander trails will continue to be open sunrise to sunset.

Plan Your Visit

Water Conditions

Water Conditions Map shows what is filling, full, and dry. Units 1A,2B,2C,2D,3I,3J,3A,3K are full. Unit 3B should be full by waterfowl hunt opener. Water is flowing out into Units 9 and 10. Resting (Non-hunt) Units 3C,4C, and 5B are full and Units 1 and 3D are filling.

Water Conditions Map

2020 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Contest Winners


In keeping with the guidance provided by the State of Utah, we will not hold an in-person award ceremony. We want to share this video with you of the 2020 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Winners.

2020 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Winners

Grazing Phragmites

Phragmites control with cattle grazing

When aligned with habitat management objectives and under the right conditions, grazing is a highly desirable management practice. Utilized at the right time, grazing can decrease undesirable plants and increase preferred plants. Habitat with a variety of plants provides food for many different bird and animal species. Grazing is an economical way to reduce phragmites and other invasive exotics in wetlands; thus, opening opportunity for preferred plants to thrive.

2019 Phragmites Management
Featured Stories



Volunteers play an instrumental role in a wide range positions at the refuge, from welcoming/orienting visitors to the Refuge at the front desk, hosting interpretive/education events, to assisting in biological surveys. Volunteers work together to meet every challenge to increase environmental awareness. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is a great place to share talents, learn about the Refuge, and connect to an extraordinary conservation community!

Get Involved

Refuge Mission

Refuge Mission

Bear River wetlands looking south

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge’s mission is to provide necessary habitats for the provision of food and cover needed to fulfill lifecycle events such as migration, staging, feeding, and breeding of migratory bird species using the Refuge, with an emphasis on focal species and native wildlife. The Refuge conserves and enhances the wetland and upland areas to accomplish these goals. To that end, management actions strive to maximize available habitat for multiple species of migratory birds, while providing for the highest quality of recreational experiences deemed compatible such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation/photography, and environmental education and interpretation. Water, as the critical element in a wetland habitat, comes in short supply to the arid west and must be carefully managed.

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.

Learn more about the NWRS