Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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Special Accessible Deer Hunt!

Learn about the disabled hunter accessible deer hunting opportunities available this fall! Lottery drawing is Aug. 9, 2021.

Special Access Deer Hunt Permits


Fire Restrictions in Effect

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Current Fire Restriction is at a Stage II Fire Restriction for the Refuge

Idaho Fire Information
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Dog Walkers

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We welcome your leashed dog to the refuge. They are allowed in areas where vehicles are permitted including parking lots, roadways, and 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


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