Refuge Road Closures and Status
The 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.
101 Road (Auto Tour Route) is open for travel201 Road - Not currently a through route, details below. Most of this road is accessible through alternative routes following ridge roads from the north (203 Road, 204 Road, 205 Road, & 206 Road). 201 Road is washed out and closed from Wilder Coulee to 207 Road Junction.
203 Road – Due to the impassable state of other routes, the 203 Road is currently open. 318 Road & 420 Road - Roads open but damaged. Not recommended for trailers, use caution on Hawley Creek Crossing.
219 Road – Washed out and closed at Hawley Creek Crossing. 320 Road – Closed due to washout.416 Road - Partial road washout at Mickey Coulee, use extreme caution.
858 Road - Open part way, but not passable to the end.210 Road (Sand Creek Trail) – No trailers or low profile vehicles recommended across Sand Creek crossing, road may have small washouts & ruts, use caution when traveling. 211 Road (Rocky Point) – Lower end of route has marked washouts, no trailers advised, use caution. 220 Road – Road is not a through route currently, saturated impassable conditions for vehicles exist directly east & west of Turkey Joe (jct with 882 road). It is possible to use a combination of Wilder, Musselshell, and Skyline trail to access the western portions of 220.307 Road- Lower Two Calf Crossing is impassable to everything except ATV/UTV.
Jordan Station (South). Call 406-557-6145 for more information:
The Musselshell bottom road at the junction of 343 and 605 will be closed temporarily but could be reopened in the next couple of weeks after it fully dries. The 356 Road is impassable to everything except ATV or UTV only. Fort Peck Station (East). Call 406-526-3464 for more information:
Road 208 is impassable due to a washout approximately 1/2 mile in from the refuge boundary.
All other roads within the Fort Peck Station Management Area, from east of Timber Creek on the North side of Fort Peck Lake to Nelson Creek area in McCone County are passable. Remain cautious about drainage crossings as some are passable but in rough condition.
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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