About the Complex

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North Platte National Wildlife Refuge 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. A project leader oversees the general management of both refuges in the complex. 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.

Other refuges in the Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex include: Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge. A sea of grass in a sea of grass, Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1931 under Executive Order 5597 to serve as "a refuge and breeding ground for birds and wild animals”.. Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in western Nebraska, on the eastern edge of the panhandle about 28 miles north of Oshkosh, in Garden County. The Refuge is comprised of 45,849 acres, of which 24,502 acres are proposed wilderness.

The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at:

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