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 best times to observe and photograph KNWR’s abundant wildlife. Opportunities abound for observing and photographing wildlife from KNWR’s Auto Tour Road, five trails, new photo blind,  gazebo overlooking Cascade Pond, and other overlooks along the county road. The 4.5-mile-long one-way Auto Tour Road begins at the Refuge office and offers views of the wetlands and Myrtle Creek as well as grasslands and grain fields. Depending on the season, visitors may see ducks, geese, swans, eagles, osprey, moose, deer, and various other birds and mammals. Both the Auto Tour Road and five trails–Deep Creek, Island Pond, Chickadee, Ole Humpback, and Myrtle Creek–allow walking, jogging, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing during daylight hours. Myrtle Creek Falls Trail  starts near the Refuge office and ends a quarter-mile uphill on U.S. Forest Service land overlooking the 100-foot cascade of Myrtle Creek Falls.  Sport fishing, hunting of certain animals, and waterfowl hunting (restricted to Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays) are permitted in designated areas during the Idaho state hunting seasons.

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