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

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Tour Road Closed to Vehicles

    The tour road is closed to all vehicles for the winter and early spring.

    Auto Tour Road Closed

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    Ski and Snowshoe at the Refuge!

    Grab your skis and snowshoes and explore the auto tour road and and one of the four trails! *no off trail exploration allowed*

    Trail Map


Expanded Fishing Opportunity

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expanding fishing opportunities on Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for the 2021-2022 fishing season.

Expanded Fishing Opportunity Opens for 2021-2022 Season
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Dog Walkers

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We welcome your leashed dog to the refuge. They are allowed in areas where vehicles are permitted including parking lots, roadways, and Auto Tour Road. Help protect nesting wildlife by keeping your pet on a leash.

Rules and Regulations

About the Complex

Inland Northwest NWR Complex

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Inland Northwest NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
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