Charles M. Russell Complex
The Complex consists of four unstaffed satellite refuges spread throughout south-central Montana, including Hailstone NWR.
About the Charles M. Russell 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.
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A Return to a Natural System
Hailstone Reservoir was historically a natural wetland. An earthen dam was constructed in 1939 by the Works Project Administration that increased this wetland to the 649-acre Hailstone Reservoir. Over the years heavy metals and salts accumulated in the reservoir and surrounding soil due to natural evaporation. In 2011, the earthen dam was removed to once again create a more natural flow through system.
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Last Updated: May 05, 2014