Nestled beside the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, this 2,774 acre refuge provides diverse habitats for a large variety of wildlife. Despite its relatively small size a wide variety of habitat types can be found on the refuge which plays an important role in the large number of wildlife species that use the refuge during migration and breeding seasons. Over 300 species of wildlife - 22 species of fish, 7 species of amphibians, 6 species of reptiles, 45 species of mammals, and over 223 species of birds have been observed on the refuge.
Trail Map Inaccuracies

Please check with Refuge headquarters for trail information and do not rely on the trail map linked on this webpage.  Some trails indicated on the map are in closed areas and may be a safety concern.  Updates to the map are in progress.  Please see the correct visitor use map with trails.

Visit Us

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique geology and diverse wildlife, whether driving or hiking. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Nestled beside the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, this 2,774 acre refuge provides diverse habitats for a large variety of wildlife.  Wetlands, meadows, riparian riparian
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      and coniferous forests, and cultivated agricultural are interspersed throughout the refuge to provide a sanctuary, primarily for migrating waterfowl. Kootenai was established in 1964 "for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds."

      What We Do

      Over 20 wetland units are managed for migratory birds and other wildlife.

      To help plants and wildlife, refuge staff use a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife values. Refuge staff carefully consider any management techniques and employ them in varying degrees according to the situation. 

      Our Species

      Despite its relatively small size of 2,774 acres, a wide variety of habitat types can be found on the refuge which plays an important role in the large number of wildlife species that use the refuge during migration and breeding seasons. Over 300 species of wildlife - 22 species of fish, 7 species of amphibians, 6 species of reptiles, 45 species of mammals, and over 223 species of birds have been observed on the refuge.