Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, Bonners Ferry

#23 of 50 in Wildlife in Idaho
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
The Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States located in northern Idaho. It is about 20 miles (32 km) from the Canada–United States border and 5 miles (8.0 km) from the town of Bonners Ferry. It is bordered by the Selkirk Mountains to the west, the Kootenai River to the east, and state lands to the south.

The refuge provides diverse habitat types, especially wetlands and hardwood and coniferous forest. It was established to preserve migration habitat for waterfowl, and more than 300 species of vertebrates inhabit the area, including coyote, Grizzly bear, elk, bald eagle, Great horned owl, cinnamon bear, moose, beaver, kestrel, river otter, red-tailed hawk, white-tailed deer, thirteen species of bats, northern harrier, and black bear.

The refuge has a surface area of 2,774 acres (11.23 km2).
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  • It was a Dry and Dusty auto tour and we only saw hundreds of geese. I am sure if it was spring time or maybe late September there may have been other animals to see. The information signs along the...  more »
  • Very nice drive in this gorgeous valley. Informative signs at pull-off spots along the way. We don't usually go to Wildlife Refuges, but were looking for something to do and were glad we did.  more »
  • This is a great place to visit. There is hiking , the museum and the drive through wildlife trail. We ride our bikes from Bonners Ferry and ride around seeing the sites, hike, and they've taken us through the museum, as well.
  • Love that I see deer every time we come. I am always hoping to see moose, but it's a very peaceful and relaxing drive through the refuge.
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