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Myrtle Creek along the dike

Myrtle Creek along the dike

View of Myrtle Creek just north of the Refuge Office. The creek is seen along the dike section of the Auto Tour Road when open to vehicles or by walking along this road. Photo by Carol Giordano  

Wetlands

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. KNWR contains both permanent and seasonal wetlands. Permanent wetlands are kept flooded year-round, while the seasonal wetlands are drained […]

Migrating Waterfowl

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 the fertile river valley, and 95% of the original wetland had been lost. The […]

Mammals

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, white-tail deer, and mule deer use the habitat around the refuge for food and […]

Enjoy Outdoors

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 […]