Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at



Federal Duck Stamp

Did you know that money from the sale of Duck Stamps goes directly towards conserving habitat for migratory birds?

Learn more about Duck Stamps

About our Easement Programs

Conservation Areas

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There are three designated Conservation Areas within the Benton Lake Wetland Management District.

Learn more about our Conservation Areas

How to Participate

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Are you a Montana landowner interested in learning more about the FWS easement program? Visit our Realty Program page for more information.

Realty Program
About the Waterfowl Production Areas

Hunting on the WPAs


Hunting is permitted on most of the WPAs. Click the link below to find out more information.

Rules and Regulations

About the Complex

Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Benton Lake WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Benton Lake 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