DO NOT approach or touch birds who may appear to be dead, sick or are exhibiting abnormal behavior. There are suspected cases of avian cholera and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) among birds at this site. We are continuing to monitor the situation. While the risk of humans contracting HPAI is low, it is not zero, so do not handle sick or dead birds. (More information about avian influenza.) Refuge staff and partners are collecting dead birds and burying them to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible bacteria and virus. Learn more about the suspected outbreak at the refuge and across Southwest Idaho.
National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. With a nearly 9,000-acre lake and more than 10 miles of trails, refuge visitors can easily find an adventure for their experience level. As you visit this wildlife home, be sure to slow down to watch wildlife and look for signs of wildlife like tracks, scat, and nests. Whether you come to fish, boat or swim in Lake Lowell or to hike, bird, hunt, picnic or just watch a sunset in the nearby uplands, there are many opportunities to connect with nature during your visit.
Location and Contact Information
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is an urban oasis where nature connects people, communities and wildlife. We welcome diverse communities to develop meaningful connections with nature and each other through educational and recreational experiences. The Lake Lowell Unit protects nesting colonies of western and Clark’s grebes and spectacular migratory and wintering concentrations of mallards and Canada geese. The Snake River Islands Unit provides important nesting habitat for ducks, geese, songbirds, herons, egrets and more.
What We Do
The staff and partners at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge work year-round to maintain and enhance refuge lands and programs for both wildlife and the community. Our conservation toolbox includes controlling, restoring degraded habitat, creating new habitat, providing artificial nesting habitat, and seasonally or permanently closing some lands to provide undisturbed areas for wildlife.
The lake, wetlands,forests, and uplands protected by the refuge provide homes to resident and migratory wildlife and native plants. Just a short drive from the busy Treasure Valley, you can spot bald eagles and other raptors, spectacular concentrations of migrating and wintering waterfowl and western and Clark’s grebes at one of the three largest nesting colonies in Idaho.
Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National wildlife refuges provide many opportunities for you to help your community by doing what you love. National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of urban and coastal communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.