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Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Highway 30, 7 miles south of Montpelier, Montpelier, ID 83254
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Timing is everything.

I have spent many days at the refuge over the last forty years. When you visit makes a huge... read more

Reviewed December 24, 2017
mtoafrica
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Montpelier, Idaho
A Great Variety of Waterfowl

The refuge is very basic. Restrooms available and an auto tour. It is a large area. I enjoy taking... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2017
Mary Lou S
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Montpelier, Idaho
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Highway 30, 7 miles south of Montpelier, Montpelier, ID 83254
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Reviewed December 24, 2017

I have spent many days at the refuge over the last forty years. When you visit makes a huge difference in what you see, In May/June you can see lots of young waterfowl. Canadian Geese, ducks, Sandhill Cranes and, if you're lucky. Trumpeter Swans. There...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

The refuge is very basic. Restrooms available and an auto tour. It is a large area. I enjoy taking photographs of the waterfowl most of the year. Great for bird watching!

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Reviewed September 8, 2017

Worth the drive from Garden City, UT to see the refuge. Not the best time for birding, but did see a few. We did notice "trespass" cattle on the refuge while we were there as the cattle were sitting inside the refuge next to the...More

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Reviewed August 16, 2017

Our coach tour drove through this way and it was nice scenery to snap some extra photos. Also good place to watch for wildlife.

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Reviewed June 27, 2017

Took a side trip through Idaho on our way from Wyoming (Tetons & Yellowstone) to Salt Lake City. Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is perhaps one o the most interesting bird watching sites we've seen (we are Audubon members, bird crazy!). The ride alone is...More

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Reviewed July 5, 2016

One of the Federal National Wildlife Refuges. Peak is probably Spring and Fall as the bhai birds pass through. Swans, geese, and I is all make their seasonal appearance as well as some resident birds and some local mammals.

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Reviewed June 20, 2016

There are supposed to be many types of unusual birds including Trumpeter swans. We saw grebes and black necked stlts, white faced ibis, and a skunk too.

Thank Stephanie S
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