About the Complex

This refuge is managed as part of the Charles M. Russell 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.  Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. 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.

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR) is the only staffed refuge in the Complex. Other refuges in the Charles M. Russell Complex include:  

Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge  

Grass Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Lake Mason National Wildlife Refuge  

Warhorse National Wildlife Refuge 

UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge is located within the boundaries of CMR and is managed as part of that refuge. 

This refuge also lies within the Charles M. Russell Wetland Management District (WMD) which consists of Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) and private land easements. To learn more about these areas, please visit the CMR Wetland Management District website. 

The Refuge Complex and the Wetland Management District headquarters is located at Airport Road, Lewistown, MT 59457.