Camas National Wildlife Refuge


National Wildlife Refuge System
2150 East 2350 North
Hamer, ID 83425
United States

Description
About half of the Camas National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Idaho consists of lakes, ponds, and marshlands; the remainder is grass sagebrush uplands, meadows, and farm fields. Camas Creek flows through the length of the refuge.

During migration, which peaks in March-April and October, up to 50,000 ducks and 3,000 geese may be present on the refuge.

The refuge has become a popular swan watching destination with hundreds of tundra and trumpeter swans stopping over during migration. Several state record songbird observations have been made in refuge cottonwood groves.

Water management is a critical component of Camas Refuge operations. An extensive system of canals, dikes, wells, ponds, and water-control structures is used to manipulate water for the benefit of wildlife, with an emphasis on nesting waterfowl.

Seasonal hunting allowed check website for regulations..

Fires, boating, fishing, camping, and collecting natural objects such as plants, animals, minerals, antlers, and objects of antiquity (including Indian artifacts) are prohibited.

Be advised that no general services are available in Hamer. The nearest gas stations are Roberts, 20 miles south of Refuge on I15 and Dubios 17 miles north. Dubois has food and lodging available and Roberts offers a couple of restaurants. The cities closest that have the most accommodations are Idaho Falls and Rexburg. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest, 40 miles to the north offers campground facilities. The Bureau of Land Management also has existing camping facilities in the area.
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