Change in Operations, Road Reports and Fire Restrictions


Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge has changed its operations as of 4/20/20

The CMR NWR has temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The Offices and Visitor Centers at Lewistown and Sand Creek Wildlife Station are currently closed to public use at this time. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. The Refuge will continue to do everything it can to maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Updates will be posted to the refuge website and social media channels.

Visitation and dispersed camping by the public remains open at this time. If visiting one of our locations, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene. We encourage all visitors to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by following routine precautions including washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Visit only if you are feeling healthy and stay home if you are sick.




There are no fire restrictions on Charles M. Russell NWR at this time.

For up-to-date fire restrictions information, please visit or call your local land management agency.



The list below may not include all hazardous areas. Consider all roads minimally maintained. Travelers are advised to use caution and be prepared for slow travel over rough, uneven terrain. Report dangerous conditions to the Refuge. With any precipitation, conditions can change rapidly and refuge roads may be impassable.  Check the weather forecast before traveling onto the Refuge.


Sand Creek Station (West) Call 406-464-5181 for more information:   

303 Road - Impassable on the south section of the road. 

307 Road - Two Calf Creek crossing is muddy but passable. 


Jordan Station (South). Call 406-538-8706 for more information:  

Road 601 has a slide/slump area in the road. Use extreme caution.

Fort Peck Station (East). Call 406-526-3464 for more information:  

Road 361 - Due to road washout, Road 361, with access to the west side of the spillway, will be closed at barricades (east of intersection of Road 361 and Road 528). No vehicular access beyond barricades, walk in access only.

All other roads within the Fort Peck Station Management Area, from east of Timber Creek on the North side of Fort Peck Lake to Nelson Creek area in McCone County are passable. Remain cautious about drainage crossings as some are passable but in rough condition.  



The following numbered roads within the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge road system are CLOSED for the duration of the spillway construction work at the Fort Peck Dam.
Road 341 will be completely closed.
Road 340 will be closed at its intersection with road 341 near the bottom of the spillway channel.
Road 361 will be closed at the gate west of the spillway channel.