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  • Male and female Common Goldeneye ducks float on choppy water.  These birds sport bold black and white plumage.  Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, USFWS volunteer.

    Closing Dates for Ninepipe

    Ninepipe NWR will be closed during hunting season to ALL public use from September 26, 2015 to sometime in January 2016.

    Public Use Pamphlet

  • Large plume of smoke raising into blue sky from forested hill top.  NBR photo

    Stage I Fire Restrictions

    Stage I Fire Restrictions are in affect at all units of the National Bison Range Complex within Lake and Flathead Counties.

    Stage I Fire Restrictions



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

  • Fall and Winter Season at Ninepipe NWR

    A large flock of a variety of ducks and geese rest on and take flight from a body of water.  Photo by George Gentry, USFWSSeptember 22, 2015

    Starting September 26, 2015, Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge is closed to all public use, including walking, skiing, skating, fishing and ice fishing. This allows birds to find a resting place during waterfowl and upland game bird hunting season. It will reopen to public access sometime in January 2016 (check back for dates).

    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: Sep 22, 2015
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