National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge Complex
Mountain-Prairie Region


* Environmental Assessment Comment Period Extended Until September 18, 2014 *

Draft Environmental Assessment for a Draft Annual Funding Agreement National Bison Range Complex Montana - August 2014

Fish and Wildlife Service Letter to the Public Concerning the Environmental Assessment that was prepared to analyze the proposed action for an Annual Funding Agreement (AFA) with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT).

You can submit comments on the Environmental Assessment to or by mail to National Bison Range, EA Comment, 58355 Bison Range Rd., Moiese, MT 59824. All comments must be received or postmarked by September 18, 2014. 

Federal Register, August 5, 2014 - Notice of Availability; request for comments National Bison Range Complex, Moiese, MT; Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Annual Funding Agreement With the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment Regarding the Interest of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to enter into an Annual Funding Agreement with the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for the Operation and Management of Programs at the National Bison Range Complex

Draft Fiscal Year 2013-2016 Annual Funding Agreement Between the United States Department of the Interior and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation

Welcome to the home page of the National Bison Range Complex.  Located in northwest Montana, the complex is base for a staffed refuge - National Bison Range, 2 unstaffed refuges - Ninepipe and Pablo NWRs.  Staff also manage the Northwest Montana Wetlands Management.

map of the National Bison Range

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  • Remain at your car and on the road. If you are near wildlife, stay in your vehicle.
  • Hiking is permitted only on designated footpaths.
  • Trailers and towed units are allowed on the West Loop and prairie Drive; they are not allowed on Red Sleep Mountain Drive.
  • No overnight camping
  • Firearms are prohibited
  • All pets must be on a leash

Special Cautions

  • For Wildlife's Sake - Do Not Approach Wildlife. Bison and other wild animals can be dangerous.
  • The Red Sleep Mountain Drive is a 19-mile, one-way gravel road with 10% grades. Be sure of your brakes.
  • Observe the ONE WAY ONLY and DO NOT ENTER traffic signs. Roads are narrow and disregard of signs could lead to accidents.

*To assist in planning a visit, please note the following restrictions:
Due to steepness of roads and tightness of switchbacks, no vehicles over 30 feet in length are allowed on Red Sleep Mountain Drive.  They may access the shorter West Loops and Prairie Drives.   No trailers of any kind may access Red Sleep Mountain Drive.  These trailers may be left at the Visitor Center Parking Lot.  And to protect the health of Range wildlife, no livestock trailers are allowed on the Refuge. 

            Also, because all scenic roads are gravel, motorcycles and bicycles are not allowed.  They can access the Visitor Center and Day Use areas along paved roads.

Last updated: September 4, 2014