Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge
|Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Cranes in Flight over Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
|Location||Bonneville County, Caribou County, Idaho, United States|
|Nearest city||Soda Springs, Idaho|
|Area||19,400 acres (79 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge has the largest hardstem bulrush marsh in North America. Located in a high mountain valley near Soda Springs in southeastern Idaho, the refuge and surrounding mountains offer incredible scenic vistas, wildflowers, and fall foliage displays. Lands adjacent to the 19,400-acre (79 km2) refuge are primarily wet meadows and grasslands. Grays Lake Refuge provides breeding habitat for over 200 species of mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians.
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.