Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Map showing the location of Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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LocationBonneville County, Caribou County, Idaho, United States
Nearest citySoda Springs, Idaho
Coordinates43°03′47″N 111°25′37″W / 43.06297°N 111.42689°W / 43.06297; -111.42689[1]Coordinates: 43°03′47″N 111°25′37″W / 43.06297°N 111.42689°W / 43.06297; -111.42689[1]
Area19,400 acres (79 km2)
Established1965
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteGrays Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States located in southeastern Idaho. It has the largest hardstem bulrush marsh in North America. Located in a high mountain valley near Soda Springs, the refuge and surrounding mountains offer scenic vistas, wildflowers, and fall foliage displays. Lands adjacent to the 19,400-acre (79 km2) refuge are primarily wet meadows and grasslands. The refuge provides breeding habitat for species of mammals including moose, elk, mule deer, muskrat, badger, and weasel.

Geography[edit]

The refuge has a surface area of 20,125.08 acres (81.44 km² or 8,144 ha).[2]

Bird habitat[edit]

The refuge hosts a large nesting population of greater sandhill cranes; as many as 1200 individuals are counted in the valley during migration and staging times. The refuge is a birding destination, and a good area to view the rare trumpeter swans. This near-pristine montane wetland is being threatened by the same type of suburban/rural development that has so heavily impacted nearby Jackson Hole.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ USFWS Annual Lands Report, 30 September 2007

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.