Plan Your Visit

East End of Refuge Dahl Lake

Welcome to Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge ... a place where wetlands, streams, native intermountain prairie and forests are being actively restored and managed to provide habitat for migratory birds as well as a wide varietyof other wildlife and plant species. 


Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge is located along Pleasant Valley within the Salish Mountains in north-west Montana. The refuge lies in the west-central portion of Flathead County, approximately 25 air miles west of Kalispell.

Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge
6295 Pleasant Valley Rd
Marion, MT 59925
406-858-2218 Fax

Please be aware that GPS navigation devices may not guide you correctly to the Refuge.

The Refuge can be reached by driving west from Kalispell via Highway 2 approximately 20 miles to Marion. Turn right at Marion onto Pleasant Valley Road. After approximately 1.3 miles, the blacktop road will fork - stay right. The blacktop road eventually turns to gravel. Continue on the main gravel road approximately 13 miles. The refuge headquarters will be on the right approximately 4 miles from the east entrance. See map

Road conditions will vary with the changing seasons. Travel to the refuge may be hazardous when roads are snow covered or muddy. The County road through the refuge is graveled and visitors must follow the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. Secondary roads open to the public are lightly graveled with recommended speeds of 25 miles per hour or less. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. Cell phone service is sporadic throughout this area. Due to the Refuge’s remote location and lack of emergency services, visitors should be personally prepared for a variety of conditions. Please keep in mind that the nearest gas station is in Marion.

The refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Due to the small staff, the Office/Visitor Center is open intermittently during the week (7:30 am – 4:00 pm) and closed weekends and federal holidays. No overnight parking or camping is allowed on the refuge 

Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors from sunrise to sunset every day. Due to its remote location, Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge receives a relatively small number of visitors every year. But those who do make the effort to visit can enjoy viewing the picturesque landscapes of Pleasant Valley and its diverse wildlife and plants.

For more information see Visitor Activities or Rules and Regulations

For questions about recreation, please contact the refuge office @ 406-858-2216