Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities may be closed and most scheduled events have been postponed.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, 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 excercising good hygiene. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page.

Features

  • Friends of Crane Meadows Logo

    Friends of Crane Meadows NWR

    The National Wildlife Refuge System owes its existence to committed citizens. See what Crane Meadow's dedicated Friends are up to!

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  • Lead Free

    Why Switch Ammunition?

    Lead exposure and poisoning occurs at high percentages in bald eagles found dead in the Midwest.

    Learn more about hunting with non-lead

  • NWRS Blue Goose

    National Wildlife Refuge System

    We are only one of over 560 refuges in the US. This map shows the network of public land dedicated to protecting habitat for wildlife!

    National Wildlife Refuge System Map

  • Monarch_Caterpillar_June

    As Monarchs Head North

    Monarchs are on their way north. As milkweed plants begin to grow watch for eggs and caterpillars.

    Report Your Sightings

Refuge Updates

Refuge Trails

The Platte River Trail remains open from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset daily. Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air while maintaining social distancing! Please only visit if you are feeling healthy. We ask you to stay home if you're feeling sick.

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Recent Sightings

Are you wondering what birds you could see while visiting Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge? Check our Recent Sightings page to see sightings recorded by staff and visitors using eBird.

Recent Sightings
Refuge Map, Trails and Regulations

Refuge Map and Regulations

A map of the refuge, our trails and important information to know before you visit are included in the PDF below. Click on the link to download.

Refuge Map & Regulations

Refuge Hunting Map and Regulations

Hunting Regulations and Map

The refuge offers waterfowl, small game, turkey and deer hunting during state seasons. Click below to download the hunting regulations and map for details.

Refuge Hunting Regulations & Map

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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