Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Change in Operations, April 2020

CMR has changed operations as of 4/20/20 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. See Alert on right side of this page for more information.

What's new at CMR

Road Closure Due to Fire

July 26, 2021

Due to increased fire activity, the Bureau of Land Management, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has closed the entire Devils Creek Road due to the Devils Creek fire in Montana’s Garfield County. As of this Monday morning, the Type 3, lightning-caused Devils Creek fire continues to burn toward the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge and Fort Peck Lake, approximately 36 miles northwest of Jordan, MT. The fire is estimated at 11,000 acres and is 0% contained. Federal and county resources are on scene. Recreationists are advised to stay clear of the area and as to not obstruct active fire operations.

2021 CMR Hunting Regulations

The CMR hunting regulations for the 2021 hunting season can be downloaded from the link below.

2021 Charles M. Russell NWR Hunting Regulations

CMR in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect for CMR and UL Bend NWRs.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Fort Peck Road Closures

Refuge roads near the Fort Peck Dam spillway will be closed during spillway repairs.

Fort Peck Road Closures
Seasons of Wildlife on CMR


mule deer fawn

In June, July and August, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge truly comes alive. Wildflowers bloom and birds sing from every direction. From rock wrens in the badlands to vesper sparrows in the sagebrush to lazuli buntings along the lush river corridor, the landscape is bursting with activity during the short breeding season. In the heat of the day while most wildlife remain hidden, short-horned lizards sun themselves on rocks but as evening falls, deer and elk emerge to feed with their offspring close by their sides. Swarms of insects feed many species of bats as they fly silently through the warm summer nights.

About the Complex

Charles M. Russell Complex

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Charles M. Russell Complex.

Read more about the complex
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