Sage-Grouse Lek Viewing Guide

The greater sage-grouse is the largest species of grouse in North America. Each spring, male sage-grouse perform an elaborate sunrise display on communal breeding grounds known as “leks”. While sage-grouse require sagebrush landscapes to survive, leks are often located in open areas where the males can be better seen and heard by females. The dramatic display makes viewing sage-grouse a popular recreational activity in March and April across much of Wyoming.


The Wyoming Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan recommends that only a small number of lek viewing sites be publicized along with information on how to minimize viewing disturbance to the grouse. This information is designed to implement that recommendation.

When you follow the American Birding Association’s Principles of Birding Ethics, you prevent harm to sage-grouse and their habitats. Respect and practice these principles while birding in Wyoming. Your impact, impacts sage-grouse negatively.

Your cooperation is needed to ensure protection and perpetuation of Wyoming’s sage-grouse populations.

Lek Viewing Ethics


  • Arrive at lek sites at least one hour before sunrise
  • Don’t drive onto the lek. Park away from the edge of the lek.
  • Turn off the vehicle lights and engine.
  • Use binoculars and spotting scopes to observe birds.
  • Stay in your vehicle.
  • Do not make loud noises or sudden movements.
  • Do not leave until the birds do.
  • Keep pets in your vehicle. Better yet, leave them home.
  • Do not trespass on private land.
  • Postpone your visit if roads are muddy.
  • Do not construct wildlife or photography viewing blinds on or near lek.
  • Be especially cautious with viewing activities during late March and early April when breeding activity usually peaks. Late April is a better time to visit because most of the breeding is complete but the males are still actively strutting. The weather is usually better too.

What Else You Can Do


  • Respect the birds providing your recreation.
  • Always practice ethical and responsible bird watching.
  • Keep pets under control and away from all wildlife. Dog training on sage-grouse outside the hunting season is not legal.
  • Don’t camp on desert springs or wet meadows in late summer.
  • Restrict your ORV use in sage-grouse habitats. Stay on established roads and trails. Off-road use in the spring can disturb or destroy nests.
  • Visit WGF’s sage-grouse web page to learn more about sage-grouse conservation: Sage-Grouse Management


Report harassment of sage-grouse, or any wildlife, to the STOP Poaching Hotline:
1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847) or
Text keyword WGFD and message 847-411.

Available Sage-Grouse Lek Locations



Lek Locations