Two children looking at a herd of elk from the bed of a carriage in a snowy landscape with mountains in the background

Sunrise and sunset hours are the best time to see wildlife on the refuge. Most animals prefer to stay out of sight in the middle of the day. River otters, beavers, badgers, coyotes, bald eagles, mink, white-tailed deer, pelicans, abundant waterfowl species, leopard frogs, monarch butterflies, regal fritillaries, and many other species can be observed at the refuge.