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  • A group of children from the Charlo 4th grade stand on the ice to learn to ice fish at Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge.  A cloudy day with snow on the mountains.  Photo by Mike Koole, USFWS.

    Ninepipe Opens for Ice Fishing

    Starting Monday, January 11, 2016, Ninepipe Reservoir is open to ice fishing. See the Public Use Brochure for details.

    Public Use Brochure



We welcome you to Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge.

About the Complex

National Bison Range Complex

Complex Graphic

Four National Wildlife Refuges and a Wetland Management District are located in the Flathead, Mission and Pleasant Valleys. Find information about the Complex at the link below.

Nine-pipe is managed as part of the National Bison Range Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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What's Happening

  • Ice Fishing Season at Ninepipe

    A group of students stand scattered on the ice of Ninepipe Reservoir to learn about ice fishing, with cloudy Mission Mountains as a backdrop.  Photo by Mike Koole, USFWSJanuary 06, 2016

    Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge reopens to public use on January 11, 2016 - including access for Ice Fishing. Be aware of ice conditions and do not venture out if unsafe. Also remember that access will be restricted starting March 1, for nesting season. See the Public Use Pamphlet for details and map.

    Public Use Pamphlet
  • Who's Here Now

     A male pintail duck, with handsome chocolate brown head with thin white stripe up side coming from its white throat, is reflected perfectly in water.  Photo by Dave Menke, USFWS

    With the current mild weather, the ice at the edge of the reservoir is melting out, allowing numerous waterfowl to use the area. Ducks still mainly consist of mallards but others birds may be coming through if the weather continues mild. Recent rains have also made “new” potholes so look throughout the valley for water birds. We'll post sightings from time to time. Let us know what you've been seeing.

    Ninepipe Birds
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 06, 2016
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