Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge


California gulls at Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge

Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of three sections of land around Bamforth Reservoir totaling 1,116 acres. The area is a mix of private, state and federal land. The US Fish & Wildlife Service owns about 100 acres of the 550-acre lake bottom.

The refuge was established in 1932 to protect and preserve breeding, resting and feeding grounds for migratory birds and other wildlife. Bamforth NWR has a large nesting colony of California gulls on it. There also American white pelicans, American avocets, black-crowned night herons, snowy egrets and double-breasted cormorants. Among the extensive songbird population you'll find vesper sparrows, horned larks, Brewer's sparrows, brown-headed cowbirds and western meadowlarks.

Bamforth NWR is closed to the public and usually not staffed. Administration is handled by Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in Walden, Colorado.

Area map of Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge