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    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

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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

  • Nesting Season

    A light brown female canvasback sits on her nest among the cattails with a few downy brown and yellow ducklings.  Photo by Donna Dewhurst, USFWS.

    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
  • 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: Aug 28, 2015
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