Visitor Activities

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 National wildlife refuges are far more than havens for just wild plants and animals. They can be havens for people as well.  We encourage you to visit Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and enjoy the hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and educational opportunities here.

  • Hunting

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

     

  • Fishing

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

     

  • Wildlife Observation

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    Wildlife observation is one of the most popular public use activities on the Refuge. Most wildlife observation occurs on the Refuge along the Wildlife Drive, which begins at Montana State Highway 16 along the north shore of Medicine Lake. The Wildlife Drive traverses various habitats, from freshwater to alkaline wetlands, and native prairie to planted grass. All of these habitats and the wildlife that occupy them can be viewed from a vehicle. A favorite location is Pelican Overlook, which has an observation platform that allows viewing of the Refuge Complex’s 10,000-bird white pelican colony.

    The Refuge also has a sharp-tailed grouse observation blind available mid-April to the end of May on a reservation basis.  Learn more on our Plan Your Visit page.

     

  • Interpretation

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    The Refuge Complex office contains indoor exhibits, including informative bird mount displays and maps. Interpretive signs and information kiosks are situated at various locations along the Wildlife Drive.

  • Environmental Education

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    Environmental education usually is conducted on the Refuge with school, scouting, and civic groups. The staff also conducts off-site programs, when schedules allow. These programs are very popular with various groups.