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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
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  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

Crescent Lake - Island Lake Loop Trail 2019

Flooded Road Conditions Improving

AS OF AUGUST 13, 2020 - Road conditions continue to improve with recent hot and dry weather. Flooding, high water, and muddy conditions that affected roadways in the area of Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge have improved. County roads to and from Oshkosh, Lakeside, Antioch, and Lisco are currently open but some conditions remain poor and road work and repair are ongoing. The best access is via County Rd 181 from Oshkosh, NE. The Island Lake loop on Crescent Lake NWR remains closed. Slow operating speeds and high clearance or four wheel drive vehicles are recommended. Please call the Refuge office for more information, 308-762-4893.

Flooded Road Conditions Improving >

Items of Interest

Hunting and Fishing Update

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on 97 national wildlife refuges across the country in 2020. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure for information and regulations associated with these activities.

Hunting and Fishing Brochure

Office Hours

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge's Office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM except for Federal Holidays. The Refuge is open sunrise to sunset.

Federal Duck Stamp

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Purchase of Federal Duck Stamps support the purchase or lease of wetlands within the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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The Refuge

Refuge's Vision

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) has been described as one of America's great wilderness refuges. The Refuge was established in the Nebraska Sandhills in 1931 as an area reserved and set apart to provide a refuge and breeding ground for birds and wild animals. Also described as a "sea of grass in a sea of grass", Crescent Lake NWR has a concentration of both native prairie and lush wetlands. Such vital habitat attracts a wide variety of native wildlife, particularly migratory birds, for visitors to enjoy. With careful management, our staff believes that Crescent Lake NWR can be enjoyed by many generations of visitors to come.

About the Complex

Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex.

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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.

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