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National Elk Refuge
National Elk Refuge, located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, was established in 1912 to provide winter habitat and preserve the Jackson elk herd. The Refuge is an integral component of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; it is bounded by Grand Teton National Park and a wilderness area in the Bridger-Tet...
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Alpine Wetland Viewing Area
Description: The Alpine Wetland and View area on the southeast shore of Palisades Reservoir has a parking lot, fenced area and view building. The wetland is open to walking, but visitors are encouraged to view from the existing facility. The 100 acre area is closed to waterfowl hunting and no motorized vehicles are allowed inside the area.

Wildlife to Watch: The Alpine Wetland Area was completed in 1993 to provide viewing for the public traveling along US 89. Many species of waterfowl, shorebirds and waterbirds can be seen here as well as mammals and smaller species. The scenery is beautiful. It is an Audubon "IBA or Important Birding Area" and part of the Wyoming Wildlife - Worth the Watching program. Seven dikes plus canals impound water from the Salt River even when the reservoir is low.

Special Tips: Caution: Water depths vary from very shallow to very deep. Moose also are often hidden in the willows and can be dangerous.

Other Activities: None

Ownership: Forest Service, Caribou-Targhee NF, Pallisades Ranger District 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Alpine

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Alpine Wetland Wildlife Viewing Area
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Driving Directions:
The Alpine Wetland is 2 miles south of Alpine, Wyoming on Palisades Reservoir near the mouth of the Salt River. It is located along US Highway 89 on the Caribou National Forest administered by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

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Alpine Wetland Viewing Area : Wildlife Viewing Area