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Hutton Lake
National Wildlife Refuge

Canvasbacks are one of the largest diving ducks.  They have a chestnut-red head and neck, a white mid-body and wings, and a black chest and tail.

Laramie, WY   
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Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in southeastern Wyoming in the southern part of the Laramie Plains. It is a montane, park-like area surrounded by mountains. The Refuge, at an elevation of 7,150 feet, includes 1,968 acres with five natural lakes (Hutton, Creighton, George, Rush, and Hoge).

The Refuge offers a variety of wildlife observation and photography opportunities. Hutton NWR is administered out of Arapaho NWR. For more information, please contact the Refuge staff at Arapaho NWR.

Getting There . . .
Take the Highway 287 exit off Interstate 80 in Laramie, Wyoming. Follow Highway 287 south ½ mile, and take a right on Fort Sanderson Drive to the Monolith Concrete Plant. Turn right, go across the railroad tracks, and take an immediate left onto Sand Creek Road (County Road 34). Follow this road approximately 7 miles west by southwest to a directional sign for the Refuge. Turn right and follow the road to the fenced Refuge boundary entrance.

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Wildlife and Habitat

Refuge habitat consists of 1,408 acres of greasewood/grassland uplands and 560 acres of open water and marsh.

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The Refuge was established in 1932 primarily as a resting and breeding ground for migratory birds and to provide a haven for resident wildlife.

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Management Activities
Habitat management programs at Hutton Lake NWR consist of grazing and water manipulation for the benefit of migrating birds. The Refuge staff is also involved in the Wyoming toad recovery program with Lake George being used as a captive breeding and as a release site for the toads. Recently, noxious weed control has become an issue for the Refuge, and management efforts to control salt cedar are underway.