Rules and Regulations


There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational activities you can do and enjoy on Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably Refuge rules governing this activity. Please check with the Refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. Be safe and have fun!


Welcome to Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge (The Refuge) located in northeastern Montana in Sheridan and Roosevelt Counties. The 31,702 acre refuge is part of a unique plains ecosystem that offers many different recreational opportunities for visitors.  These public use regulations will ensure that all of our visitors can have a quality experience regardless of how they participate in our many wildlife-dependent activities. Any questions may be fielded by US Fish & Wildlife staff located at the Refuge Headquarters.

The following regulations apply only to the Refuge and its boundaries.  Visitors wishing to recreate on US Fish & Wildlife administered waterfowl production areas (WPA) may consult the Northeast Montana Wetland Management District Public Use Regulations

Public Use Opportunities

You are invited to participate in hunting, fishing, and other public use opportunities on the Refuge. Please consult the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge Public Use Regulations brochure for information and regulations associated with these activities.


The refuge is currently closed to trapping

Consult refuge manager for details and future opportunities