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
Even though the warm days of summer are just a memory, there's still plenty of wildlife to be found on Charles M. Russell NWR from November to April. Songbirds like chickadees and juncos call from the understory in sheltered coulees while deer and elk browse the windswept uplands. If the snow is deep enough to cover the northern sagebrush, pronghorns and sage grouse move south to the Refuge and beyond in search of sage. Sharp-tailed grouse survive even the harshest winters with adaptations like feathered feet and by burrowing into the snow for shelter.
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
The US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a news release with information and rules for accessing the ice of Fort Peck Lake.2013 Ice Access
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: Mar 05, 2014