Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

  • American Kestrel

    All About Birds

    Learn about some of the birds that make Kootenai NWR their home!

    Learn More

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    Butterfly or Moth?

    Can you tell the difference between a butterfly or moth?

    Butterfly vs. Moth

  • Cow moose nursing calf

    Where is the Moose?

    Find out the best time of day to see a moose and other mammals that roam the refuge!

    Mammals

News

Recreate Responsibly Idaho

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A new campaign by Governor Brad Little and natural resource managers that offers guidelines for Idahoans who want to recreate outdoors.

Recreate Responsibly Idaho

Being Safe on Our Refuge

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We are proud to provide opportunities for safe, enjoyable outdoor experiences at many of our national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Response
Featured Items

Dog Walkers

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Leashed dog walking is allowed ONLY on the Auto Tour Road. Help protect nesting wildlife by keeping your pet on a leash.

Rules and Regulations

About the Complex

Inland Northwest NWR Complex

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Inland Northwest NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS