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Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge

961 E. Minidoka Dam
Rupert, Idaho 83350
(208) 436-3589
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 grassland.


  • Wildlife observation, study, and photography
  • Waterfowl and resident game bird hunting
  • 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.