About the Complex

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Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is managed as part of the Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location.  Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs.

The Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex is comprised of two units, the Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the North Platte National Wildlife Refuge located in the panhandle of western Nebraska.  Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.

The other refuge in the Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex, North Platte National Wildlife Refuge, is made up of Lake Minatare, Winters Creek Lake, Lake Alice and Stateline Island in the North Platte River. While portions of Winters Creek Lake and Lake Alice are closed to all public entry, the remainder is open to a variety of public uses most of the year. Detailed information can be obtained through the North Platte National Wildlife Refuge website.

The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at: 

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge
10630 Rd. 181
Ellsworth, Nebraska 69340
Phone: (308) 762-4893