Description - The mission of these refuges and the Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
- There are six National Wildlife Refuges in Idaho and the Oxford Slough Wildlife Protection Area. the Tex Creek Wildlife Management area is a combination of Federal and state lands outside of Idaho Falls.
Recreation - The pirmary activity at the National Wildlife Refuges is viewing of the plentiful and varied species of bird and anaimals that live in the refuges and migrate through them.
Climate - The climate in Idaho varies with the elevation. The bottom of Hell's Canyon, Boise and other locations at low elevations receive hot summer weather. Temperatures at these elevations often reach 90 degrees or more during the summer months. At the same time the mountains will get mild temperatures with cool nights.
Winters are just as extreme with the mountains experiencing extreme conditions and temperatures. An average of 500 inches of snow falls on the Idaho highlands. Temperatures are known to dip below zero degrees F on many winter nights. The lower elevations enjoy a more mild winter season with less precipitation than the mountains. The sun is a constant throughout the year. Be sure to wear sunscreen and layered clothing in Idaho's unpredictable weather.
Maps and driving directions to each refuge are available on the wildernet.com pages describing each refuge.