Plan Your Visit


Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge is an unstaffed satellite refuge and is part of the Charles M. Russell Complex. The refuge is open to hunting, hiking, and wildlife observation. In addition to compliance with all applicable state hunting regulations, non-toxic shot must be used to harvest waterfowl and upland game birds.

Wildlife commonly observed on the Refuge include those most tolerant of alkali soils, such as many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, upland game birds, songbirds, and small and big game. Wildlife species include waterfowl, pronghorn, and prairie dogs. Many other small mammals exist along with horned lizards (often referred to as horned toads), and rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are frequently observed and several dens are known to exist on the Refuge, so watch your step!

To access Hailstone NWR, drive 4 miles east of Rapelje, MT to the Hailstone Basin Road. Turn north on this road and continue 1.5 miles to the refuge entrance. A two-track trail crosses the Refuge from southeast to northwest. Visitors are required to park immediately adjacent to the road.