Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Benton Lake NWR Complex encompasses 163,304 acres in northwestern and north-central Montana. Spanning both sides of the Continental Divide, the refuge complex is a collection of diverse landscapes, from wetlands and mixed-grass prairie in the east to forests, intermountain grasslands, rivers, and lakes in the west. Likewise, animal species that inhabit the refuge complex lands are diverse and reflective of a variety of habitats. Large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds inhabit wetlands in the east, while large predators such as grizzly bears make their home in the mountains and forests to the west.
The refuge complex oversees management of 28 units (2 refuges, 1 wetland management district containing 23 waterfowl production areas, and 3 conservation areas) and administers over 216 easements within the Refuge System.
The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at 922 Bootlegger Trail, Great Falls, MT 59404
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Sharp-tailed Grouse mating season occurs from late March to late May. More than 60 birds have been seen on the main refuge lek participating in their mating dance.