Recreational Opportunities

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Pink glow of sunset on the snow-capped Mission Mountains, the rugged mountain range that rises to the east of the Mission Valley.  Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, volunteer, USFWS.

Set under the Mission Mountains and forming the heart of the Mission Valley, the Northwest Montana Wetland Management District (Lake County) provides great wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities, with spring bird migrations and fall bird hunting, spectacular sunrises and winter white, wetlands and mudflats. We hope you will take advantage of this public gem. Follow the link to the Public Use Opportunities Pamphlet for a copy of a map and rules and regulations to help you get started (1.09 MB pdf).

Public Use Opportunities Pamphlet

Federal Duck Stamps

The image of a pair of ruddy ducks, the male with a rusty red body and blue bill, is on the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp.l  The winner of the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest is Jennifer Miller of Olean, NY, with her acrylic painting of ruddy ducks.

A reminder to all duck hunters, you need to purchase your Federal Duck Stamp and have it in your possession before hunting any waterfowl anywhere in the United States. This is in addition to any local, state and/or tribal licenses you may also need. You may get more information about Duck Stamps, the Duck Stamp contest, see past winning Duck Stamp images and learn about the Junior Duck Stamp program at (link below).

Duck Stamps

Come Visit Us!

The Northwest Montana Lake County Wetland Management District is part of the National Bison Range Complex along with four National Wildlife Refuges and the Northwest Montana Flathead County WMD.

About the Complex

National Bison Range Complex

Northwest Montana Lake County WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the National Bison Range Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS