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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
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  • 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


  • Cranes

    Sandhill Cranes

    Sandhill Cranes are seen here with redwing blackbird defending it's nest

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  • Marsh Habitat

    Marsh Habitat

    Grays "Lake" is actually a large, shallow marsh, covered primarily with bulrush and cattail.

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    Winter landscape

    At 6400 ft elevation, winters can be harsh at Grays Lake

  • Winter 2019

    Winter 2019

    Grays Lake has received a lot of snow this year!

  • Young bull moose

    Bull moose

    This young bull moose is at home in both the uplands and marshes of Grays Lake


Pollinator Info

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Celebrate Pollinators!

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Grays Lake Landscape

Grays Lake

Grays Lake is actually a high elevation bulrush marsh, located north of Soda Springs, Idaho, off Highway 34. The turnoff is about 27 miles north of Soda Springs, and 21 miles from Freedom, Wyoming. The turnoff is signed. From the intersection it is about 3 miles north to the refuge office, visitor center, and overlook. Please see the maps section for additional guidance.

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Swans at Grays Lake


In recent years, trumpeter swans have reestablished as an important nesting species; Grays Lake is a great area to observe these rare birds.

About the Complex

Southeast Idaho NWR Complex

Grays 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.

Learn more about the NWRS