Description - The loss of wildlife habitat led directly to the establishment of eastern Idaho’s Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Following construction of Teton and Ririe Reservoirs in the early 1970s, a search began for suitable lands to replace big game winter ranges inundated by the reservoirs. Those lands were found just east of Idaho Falls. Beginning in 1976 and 1977, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) purchased more than 11,300 acres of critical big game winter range in the Tex Creek area. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) eventually assumed management responsibility for these lands and purchased additional critical acreages. A cooperative agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) resulted in the inclusion of 9,600 additional acres of land,
- Tex Creek WMA's rocky canyons provide secure refuge for a variety of small mammals including yellow-bellied marmots. Far from one contiguous segment, Tex Creek WMA is a patchwork of BOR, IDFG, BLM and private lands. A coordinated management effort among landowners is crucial to the survival of big game species using Tex Creek WMA.
Recreation - Recreation available at Tex Creek Wildlife Management area includes hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
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.
Tex Creek WMA is located east of the town of Idaho Falls in eastern Idaho’s Bonneville County. There is now a sign outside of Idaho Falls on U.S. Highway 26 that says Tex Creek WMA - 13 miles.