Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Ring-necked pheasant in the prairie grass

    Fall Hunting Update

    Benton Lake will be open for hunting from September 30 to November 30. Call for the latest information.

    Fall Hunting Update

  • A colage of different pictures of plants and wildlife at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge

    Refuge Gallery

    You will not believe how much plant and animal diversity can be found at Benton Lake!

    Check Out Our Photo Galleries

  • Two waterfowl floating in the water.

    Birding Benton Lake

    Approximately 240 species of birds have been recorded on the refuge

    Birding Benton Lake

  • A group of children sitting on the grass being taught by a teacher

    Environmental Education

    Benton Lake NWR is a great place for kids to explore. Check out all the resources we have for kids!

    Just For Kids

Other Items Of Interest

Getting There

The road to the refuge.

To get to the Refuge, follow Highway 87 (Havre Highway) north out of Great Falls for about a mile and turn left onto Bootlegger Trail. Go about 9 miles to the well-marked Refuge entrance on the left.

Visitor Center Hours

The Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

The visitor center is open from 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday. The center is closed on weekends and Federal Holidays.

Current Tour Route Conditions

Benton Lake Auto Tour Route

Call the Refuge office at 406-727-7400 for current tour route conditions.

Tour Route Information
Refuge Happenings

Refuge Hunting Information


For more information on 2018 hunting updates click on the link below.

2018 Fall Hunting Update

About the Complex

Western Montana National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Western Montana National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS