Plan Your Visit


UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge is contained within the boundaries of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and they are managed as one refuge. Due to the Refuge's remote location, visitors should be prepared for a variety of conditions. Temperatures can range from 100ºF in the summer to -20ºF in the winter. Many of the Refuge trails are "primitive" and require a high centered vehicle and/or four-wheel drive. During wet weather, most trails are impassable. Plan to carry water with you as it is extremely limited on the Refuge and drinking water is generally unavailable. Cell phone service is sporadic.

Coming from the south (Lewistown, Billings, etc.):

Take US-191 north toward Malta. After crossing the Missouri River on the Fred Robinson Bridge drive approximately 21 miles to mile marker 109, take the RIGHT immediately after the marker .

An information kiosk sits where the road forks. Take the left fork and head east on the Dry Fork Road for 26 miles.

Dry Fork road will “T” at old Second Creek School (white building). Turn right (south)
and stay on main road continuing to head south. Road will become rough and narrow. Drive 14.4 miles to reach the refuge boundary and Refuge Road 212.

Coming from the north (Malta) - Two Travel Options Via Hwy 191 or Via Regina Road.

Via Hwy 191 (More Pavement)
Head south from Malta on US-191 for approximately 23 miles to (between milepost 134 and 135) turn left (south) on the Midale road.

Stay on the main Midale road south (several curves working south and east - follow signs directing you toward Second Creek School and CMR) until you come to a white concrete
block building, 21 miles from HWY 191.

Turn right (south) at this building on the main road and continue south. Stay on the main road heading south, road will become rough & narrow. Drive 18 miles to reach the refuge boundary and Refuge Road 212.

Via Regina Road (More Gravel)
Head south out of Malta on Central Ave. After crossing the canal and after passing 12th Street turn left onto Highway 364. The road will turn to gravel. Continue for 4 miles to a T-intersection, turn right. After 0.4 miles the road will turn South onto Regina Road.

Continue for 30 miles and a T intersection. Turn Right and Drive 6 miles and take the road left (South) near a white concrete block building. Continue South staying on the main road heading south, road will become rough & narrow. Drive 18 miles to reach the refuge boundary and Refuge Road 212.