National Wildlife Refuge
|6295 Pleasant Valley Road
Marion, MT 59925
Phone Number: 406-644-2211
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|Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge is located in Pleasant Valley. This valley was formed during the Pleistocene by glacial and sedimentation activity.|
Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge
Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in the west-central portion of Flathead county in the serene and picturesque mountain drainage known as Pleasant Valley. The Refuge was acquired in August 1999. Prior to acquisition, Refuge lands were privately owned and managed as a cattle and horse ranch known as Lost Trail Ranch.
Because the Refuge is relatively new, many public use activities are limited at this time. Refuge policy and regulations require the development of various public use plans before activities can be allowed. These plans will receive public input during the administrative planning process. Public use activities that are currently allowed include hunting, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education.
Getting There . . .
Lost Trail NWR can be reached via Highway 2 by traveling west from Kalispell approximately 20 miles to Marion. Turn north at Marion onto Pleasant Valley Road. After approximately 1.3 miles, take the right fork and continue on the blacktop until reaching the graveled road; continue on the gravel road for approximately 13 miles. The Refuge Headquarters is located north of the county road.
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Lost Trail NWR is managed as a satellite unit of the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge. To enhance wildlife habitat and to satisfy mitigation requirements, the Refuge worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to successfully restore wetlands on the Refuge. The Refuge also partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Landmark Volunteers to remove interior fences that hindered wildlife movement. An invasive plant control program is helping to reduce and eliminate common tansy and spotted knapweed and restore native plants.