Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region
Bowdoin Waterfowl Production Areas

Holm WPA, located 20 miles north of Chinook in Blaine County, was acquired in 1973. Habitat types on this 2,255-acre area include three reservoirs (222 acres), dense nesting cover (DNC) or tame grasses planted as nesting cover for waterfowl and upland birds (332 acres), and native range (1,701 acres). There is no hunting allowed on Holm WPA.

 

Korsbeck WPA lies 12 miles south of Dodson in Phillips County. Acquired in 1989, this 1358-acre unit (320 acres of which are state lease lands) consists of natural wetlands (99 acres), a large reservoir (127 acres), DNC (440 acres) and native range (692 acres).

 

 

Webb WPA, which is located 9 miles northwest of Loring in Phillips County, was acquired in 1978. The approximately 477-acre WPA contains natural wetlands (56 acres), DNC (210 acres) and native range (211 acres).

 

Dyrdahl WPA lies 8 miles northwest of Loring in Phillips County. Acquired in 1985, this approximately 1,327-acre parcel consists of wetlands (135 acres), DNC (800 acres) and native grasslands (392 acres). Dyrdahl and Webb WPAs in northwestern Phillips County lie on the edge of an end moraine and are covered with natural wetlands. Some potholes are large and deep, and can carry water over to a second nesting season.

 

McNeil Slough WPA was purchased in 1991 and is located 19 miles northeast of Malta in Phillips County. This 1,220-acre WPA is bordered on the north for four miles by the Milk River, Big McNeil Slough to the south and Hewitt Lake NWR to the west. Habitat consists of wetlands (238 acres), riparian (96 acres), DNC (582 acres) and native grasslands (304 acres).

 

Pearce WPA is located adjacent to the northeastern boundary of Bowdoin NWR in Phillips County. Purchased in 1977, the approximately 438-acre unit contains wetlands (56 acres), DNC (132 acres) and native grasslands (250 acres). Pearce also has a handicapped-accessible hunting and observation blind built in cooperation with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the Malta Boy Scout Troop.

 

Beaver Creek WPA is located approximately three miles east of Bowdoin NWR and Pearce WPA on Old U.S. Highway 2 in Phillips County. Purchased in 1991, the WPA has added two new tracts in 2000 and 2003. Both new tracts, 1,565 acres total, were purchased in partnership with Ducks Unlimited and the Gallatin Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever in Bozeman, MT. This 2,126-acre WPA consists of wetlands (144 acres), riparian (267 acres) and DNC (1,715 acres).

 

 

 

Last updated: March 7, 2011