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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

  • Starting March 1, 2014

    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.

    Nesting season will soon be upon us and part of Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge is 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 of 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 most of the ice gone, lots of waterfowl are moving through the area. And there are plenty of potholes for them to use, because of all the snowmelt from our winter storms. Follow the link to a listing of birds and other wildlife being seen at this time. And let us know what you're seeing.

    Ninepipe Birds
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 05, 2014
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