Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers about hunting, camping, ATVs, roads and more!
History of the Refuge
Take a trip back in time, through dinosaurs, outlaws and the "Fort Peck Game Range" and learn how Charles M. Russell NWR came to be.
History of the Refuge
Bird List Brochure
Over 270 species of birds have been found on CMR. Download our brochure and checklist!
CMR Refuge Bird List
Seasons of Wildlife on CMR
As the snow melts away and the days get longer, dancing sharp-tailed grouse signal the beginning of spring. Color returns to Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge from April through May in the form of new green grass, shining penstemon flowers and flashes of yellow as western meadowlarks sing across the prairie. Mule deer and elk shed winter coats in preparation for the coming summer months.
About the Complex
The Complex consists of four unstaffed satellite refuges spread throughout south-central Montana.
Charles M. Russell is managed as part of the Charles M. Russell Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
What's new at CMR
- April 14, 2014
Several BLM Upper Missouri River boat ramps and campgrounds open for the spring. BLM press release
There are two accessible hunting/wildlife viewing blinds available on CMR.Accessible Hunting/Viewing Blinds
Refuge roads near the Fort Peck Dam spillway will be closed during spillway repairs.Fort Peck Road Closures
Read the first edition of the Central
Montana wildlife newsletter, “Wildlife Under the Big Sky” provided by four public land or wildlife management agencies and a natural resource data repository.Wildlife Newsletter Spring 2013
Charles M. Russell
The refuge was named in recognition of this colorful western artist who often portrayed the refuge’s landscape in his paintings and whose conservation ethic was years ahead of his time.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2014