Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montpelier

#41 of 50 in Wildlife in Idaho
Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeast Idaho, seven miles (11 km) south of Montpelier. Surrounded by mountains, it lies in Bear Lake Valley at an elevation ranging from 5925ft on the marsh to 6800ft on the rocky slopes of Merkley Mountain. The refuge office is located in Montpelier.
The 19000acre refuge is mainly made up of a bulrush marsh, open water, and flooded meadows of sedges, rushes, and grasses. Portions of the refuge include scattered grasslands and brush-covered slopes.
Bear Lake Refuge encompasses what is locally referred to as Dingle Swamp or Dingle Marsh. Along with Bear Lake proper, the marsh was once part of a larger prehistoric lake that filled the valley. As it drained and receded, Dingle Marsh was reduced from 25000acre to less than 17,000 before it became part of the refuge.
White-faced ibis, sandhill cranes, swans, ducks, geese, and shorebirds reside in this wildlife refuge during its summer seasons. Moose can sometimes be found on this refuge, along with wintering mule deer. Smaller mammals often seen are muskrats, skunks, and cottontail rabbits.
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  • Stopped here for the view, which was excellent. Viewing area was located by the Park information center. Lake area was also a place where Mountain Men would have a yearly rendezvous.  more »
  • The dirt roads through the wildlife refuge were part of our route to explore the old west on dual sport motorcycles. Tranquil but not exceptional, compared to other places in five states and 2700...  more »
  • Needs more signs. Road on the south end needs some attention. Beautiful place and lots of birds
  • Beautiful and breathtaking. Great place to meditate.

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