1. Myrtle Creek Frost

Photo Annie Pflueger

2. Wetlands

Established in 1964 as a migratory waterfowl refuge, Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) has about 832 acres of wetlands. The wetlands provide vital food and habitat for wildlife through their variety of aquatic plants and animals....

3. Migrating Waterfowl

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) is home to more than 300 species of wildlife, 223 of which are birds. In 1927 the area that is now KNWR was diked to drain the Kootenai River bottomland for agriculture. By 1947 farming dominated...

4. Mammals

When you visit Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR), you may see a lot of watchable wildlife other than birds. Mammals of all sizes, 45 species in all, live in or sometimes come to the refuge. In the spring moose, black bear,...

5. Enjoy Outdoors

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) has much to offer visitors during all seasons. You may enjoy wildlife observation and photography, hiking on trails, stopping at overlooks, or hunting and fishing. Early morning and evening are the...

2018 Evening Owl Walk

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - February 24 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening Owl Walk lead by Bird Guide David Siebenthaler Join our experienced bird guide for an evening walk searching for Owls and identifying their calls from 4 to 6 pm. Meet at the Refuge Office at 4PM. Wear warm clothes, bring your flashlight and binoculars, and a scope (if desired). We […]

2018 Early Spring Bird Walk

April 21 @ 9:00 am - April 21 @ 11:00 am

Join us for an April Bird Walk Bring binoculars and/or a scope and a field guide if you have them. Wear hiking shoes and come dressed for the weather. We go out rain or shine. Water and sun protection (hat, sun glasses, sunscreen) may be a good idea. Expect to be out about 2 hours. Everyone, regardless […]

About the Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge


The Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. Its mission is to support KNWR in its efforts to protect, manage and conserve wildlife through education and conservation. The Friends of KNWR connects our community with KNWR through environmental education and interpretive programs. The Friends of KNWR also fosters an appreciation for Boundary County’s abundant natural resources. You can support through memberships, donations, or purchases. Purchased items can be picked up at the Refuge office.

Find us

KNWR
287 Westside Road
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805
Telephone:(208)267-3888
Fax: (208)267-5570

Photographer’s Day – June 10, 2017