Current Refuge Road ConditionsThe list below may not include all hazardous areas. Consider all roads minimally maintained. Travelers are advised to use caution and be prepared for slow travel over rough, uneven terrain. Report dangerous conditions to the Refuge. With any precipitation, conditions can change rapidly and refuge roads may be impassable. Check the weather forecast before travelling onto the Refuge.Sand Creek Station (west). Call 406-464-5181 for more information:
ATTENTION: There will be road construction throughout the summer on Roads 101 and 201. Check this page for details.
Due to an extreme weather event on August 21-24, 2014 the roads in the Sand Creek area (north and south of the Missouri river), are saturated and impassable at this time. The refuge and surrounding areas in the counties of Phillips, Fergus, and Petroleum received anywhere from 7-10 inches of rainfall during this rain event.
The south entrance to Road 101, the tour route, is closed for repair until further notice. The north entrance to refuge road 101, which leads to Bell Ridge and eventually the Slippery Ann elk viewing area is open for travel. As you drive east from the viewing area on Road 201, you will only be able to travel as far as Manning bottom, as the road is closed at the crossing at Rock Creek. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.
If you are planning a trip in the back country, please be advised that most of the drainage crossings on the river bottoms sustained major flood damage including washed out culverts and some bridge damage. This much damage will take time to repair and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to assess damage to area roads.
Jordan Station (south). Call 406-557-6145 for more information:
After an extreme weather event on August 21-24, 2014 all roads have not been evaluated but expect all roads to be muddy and impassible.
Roads 605 and 606 will be temporarily closed (probably until next year) and Road 343 will be open until the junction of 605 and the rest of it temporarily closed as well due to flooding.
Fort Peck Station (east). Call 406-526-3464 for more information:
CLOSURES AROUND FORT PECK DAM SPILLWAY:
Beginning May 17, 2013, the following numbered roads within the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge road system will be CLOSED for the duration of the spillway construction work at the Fort Peck Dam. Road 341 will be completely closed.Road 340 will be closed at its intersection with road 341 near the bottom of the spillway channel.Road 361 will be closed east of its intersection with Road 528.
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