Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge


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Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1932 primarily as a resting and breeding ground for migratory birds and to provide a haven for resident wildlife. The Refuge is located in the southern part of the Laramie Plains, a montane, park-like geographic area surrounded by mountains in southeastern Wyoming. The Refuge, at an elevation of 7,150-feet, includes 1,968-acres of greasewood and grassland uplands and marshlands. There are five small lakes on the Refuge (Hutton, Creighton, George, Rush, and Hoge) which were developed from natural sumps. A large variety of waterfowl and water birds can be seen on the Refuge during spring and fall migrations. Raptors and pronghorn use the Refuge year-round. Habitat management programs at Hutton Lake NWR consist of grazing and water manipulation for the benefit of migrating birds. The Refuge staff is also involved in the Wyoming toad recovery program with Lake George being used as a captive breeding and as a release site for the toads. Recently, noxious weed control has become an issue for the Refuge, and management efforts to control salt cedar are underway.

Map of Hutton Lake NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 41.285611, -105.619984




Take the Highway 287 exit off Interstate 80 in Laramie, Wyoming. Follow Highway 287 south * mile, and take a right on Fort Sanderson Drive to the Monolith Concrete Plant. Turn right, go across the railroad tracks, and take an immediate left onto Sand Creek Road (County Road 34). Follow this road approximately 7 miles west by southwest to a directional sign for the Refuge. Turn right and follow the road to the fenced Refuge boundary entrance.