Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

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    Fall is progressing to Winter!

    Cold temps pushed a fast migration.

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    Bowdoin Refuge Receives Award

    The Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska has named Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge as a Top 50 Ecotourism Site...

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    Refuge Gallery

    View the wonders of the Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge. Check out our Flicker site.

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What's New At Bowdoin

Frequently Asked Questions

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Have a question? View some of the most commonly asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Biological Update

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It's been a dry summer, and Lake Bowdoin is showing it. Low water levels may make it harder to launch for waterfowl hunting, but the birds are loving it!

History

History of the Refuge

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Before becoming a national wildlife refuge, the lands within Bowdoin were managed by the Bureau of Reclamation.

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About the Complex

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Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Bowdoin Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

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