There are many fun, interesting, and educational things you can do at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. However, Refuges are managed and operated on a "wildlife first" mission, meaning that refuges are closed to all use and access unless opened and expressively allowed. This ensures the protection of wildlife and habitat while allowing access and recreational opportunities when compatible with the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The Refuge Manager reserves the right to close all or part of the Refuge to hunting and/or public access at any time. In addition to refuge-specific regulations, the refuge is also subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. These regulations are in effect to protect wildlife and for the enjoyment of people for generations to come. For your safety, please observe all refuge rules and regulations, if you are unsure if an activity is allowed, please contact the refuge at 406-276-3536
View the refuge brochure for general rules and regulations and information.
View the general refuge hunting brochure for hunting regulations.
View the fishing regulations here.
50 CFR parts 26, 27 and 32 apply to public use of refuges.
50 CFR part 20 applies to migratory bird hunting nationwide.
Enjoy your visit and take plenty of photos, but remember that other humans and many animals live here. Please respect this unique land and leave it better than when you came.
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In 1932, fewer than 70 trumpeters were known to exist worldwide, at a location near Yellowstone National Park. This led to the establishment of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in 1935. Red Rock Lakes is located in Montana's Centennial Valley and is part of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Nearly half of the known trumpeter swans in 1932 were found in this area. Warm springs provide year-round open waters where swans find food and cover even in the coldest weather.
Today, estimates show about 46,225 trumpeter swans reside in North America, including some 26,790 in the Pacific Coast population (Alaska,Yukon, and NW British Columbia) which winter on the Pacific Coast; 8,950 in Canada; about 9,809 in the Midwest; and about 487 in the tri-state area of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana (including the Red Rock Lakes refuge flock).