What's new at CMR

CMR Community Working Group Meeting

The next meeting will be October 1, 2019 at the VFW hall in Jordan, MT. Everyone is welcome!

CMR Community Working Group

CMR's Randy Matchett Receives Award

Randy Matchett is recognized as a 2018 Recovery Champion for his leadership in recovery of the endangered black-footed ferret.

2018 Recovery Champions

CMR's Officer Receives Award

CMR Federal Wildlife Officer, Deb Goeb, received the Department of the Interior Valor Award on July 4, 2017.

CMR's Officer Receives Award

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


elk herd in fall

The high-pitched bugle of a bull elk echoing through the trees signals the beginning of the fall breeding season. Through September and into October, elk gather in the golden light of evening on Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. While bull elk are competing for mates, birds flock together, descending on the refuge long enough to replenish before continuing their push southward. The wildlife that will remain through the winter, from sharp-tailed grouse to bushy-tailed woodrats, make the most of the waning days of autumn to prepare for the long, cold months ahead.

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