WHMA / WHMA / Soda Lake


Public Access Area Open: May 1 at 6am - Dec 1
Recreation Opportunities: Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, Camping, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Amenities: Parking, Comfort Stations, Camping, Boat Ramps
Restrictions: Dec. 1- May 1 at 6am
Additional Restrictions: No human presence Dec 1 - May 1 at 6am.  14 day camping limit.  No fireworks.  Motor vehicles restricted to roads marked with white arrows.  Certified weed free hay required. 
 Soda Lake wetlands closed May 1 - July 1 for nesting/brooding waterfowl.  Cutting of firewood prohibited. No Collection of shed antlers or horns January 1-May 1 at 6:00 AM
Total Acres: 4115

This 3,750-acre wildlife habitat management area near Pinedale was established in 1948 as part of a series of elk feedgrounds created to provide winter forage and reduce damage to private haystacks. Soda Lake is on the west side of the Wind River Range and is home to 800 elk that are fed from horse-drawn sleighs from December to April each year. In addition, native plants at Soda Lake and adjacent public lands provide spring and fall grazing for elk and many other wildlife species.
This area is in a region of rolling sagebrush uplands bordered by the foothills of the Wind River Range. Elevations vary from 7,440 feet to 7,980 feet.  You will find sagebrush grasslands, aspen, mountain shrubs, and meadows. Soda Lake, totaling 370 acres, along with adjoining wetlands, attracts many species of waterfowl and other birds. Enjoy the waterfowl-viewing hut located at the developed wetland above the lake. Many wildlife species live in Soda Lake area, because of the habitat diversity. Besides elk, you may see mule deer, antelope, black bears, sage grouse, songbirds and many small mammals. Moose also frequent the wetland areas. Hunting is good to excellent within this area and the adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands. Fishing opportunities are excellent for brook and brown trout in Soda Lake.
The Soda Lake area provides access to the Bridger Wilderness, as well as the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the largest forest in the lower 48 states. Endless opportunities exist for sightseeing, hiking, photography and camping in the Soda Lake area.

This WHMA lies within bear country, please visit our bear wise page for information on recreating in bear country -
Camping limit is 14 days.

Soda Lake WHMA is closed each year from December 1 (12:00 am) through May 1 (6:00 am).
Soda Lake fishing closure is November 15 through May 1 (6:00 am).


For questions about this Public Access Area, please contact:
Pinedale Regional Office

432 E Mill ST
Pinedale, WY 82941
ph: (307) 367-4353
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Last Updated: 6/28/2019
*Some boundary areas are missing and will be updated as soon as possible.
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