We welcome you to Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge.
About the Complex
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
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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Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge now has restricted access, due to the start of nesting season. Parts of the Refuge are closed to all public use starting from March 1 to July 14. Shore fishing is allowed in a few areas (in the northwest corner along the dam and Highway 212 and south of the Viewing Area off Highway 93) but much of the reservoir is closed so be aware of where you are.
Please check the Public Use Opportunities pamphlet for opening and closing dates and a map showing restricted areas.Ninepipe Public Use Pamphlet
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
Established among the prairie potholes of the Mission Valley to be “….a refuge and breeding grounds for native birds”, Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge provides excellent breeding and staging habitat for abundant waterfowl and other water birds.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2015