There have been problems maintaining the area due to the rise and fall of the Great Salt Lake. Improvements are ongoing thus insuring the continued availability of an oasis in the desert for the millions of birds migrating south. Visitors will also find a new education center and office complex which opened in 2006. Currently there is also an ambitious twelve mile access road improvement project underway with the first phase to be completed by July, 2009.
Hunting and fishing is allowed with specific restrictions in place.
G. William Wiersdorf
See: Bear River Refuge plaques; Utah Place Names 1997, John W. Van Cott; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.