961 E. Minidoka Dam
Rupert, Idaho 83350
See also Southeast Idaho Refuge Complex
From Rupert, drive about 5.5 miles northeast on Highway 24, turn right
on the Minidoka Dam road and follow it to the refuge.
- Up to 100,000 ducks and
geese are present during spring and fall migrations. Migrating tundra
swans can be seen in spring in shallow bays and shores of the lake.
- Bald eagles, golden eagles,
hawks, and owls are frequently seen. Mule deer are year-round residents
and pronghorn antelope are occasionally seen.
20,721 acres, including 11,000
surface acres of Lake Walcott, which is created by the Bureau of Reclamation's
Minidoka Dam. An abundance of aquatic vegetation is found in small bays
and inlets of the lake. Surrounding uplands are typical sagebrush and
RECREATION AND EDUCATION
- Wildlife observation, study,
- Waterfowl and resident game
- Trout fishing
Lake Walcott State Park, within the refuge boundary, is managed by the
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and provides camping, picnicking,
and a boat ramp; state recreation fees apply for the use of the park facilities.
The park also has a short, paved accessible hiking trail. The park is
open to water sports, except swimming.