Features

  • Historical view of CMR

    History of the Refuge

    Take a trip back in time, through dinosaurs, outlaws and the "Fort Peck Game Range" and learn how Charles M. Russell NWR came to be.

    History of the Refuge

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    CMR Wetland Management District

    The District consists of Waterfowl Production Areas, which are open to the public, and private land easements.

    Visit the CMR Wetland Management District website

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    CMR Wildlife

    From rare mammals to abundant insects, explore the variety of wildlife found on CMR.

    Wildlife

What's new at CMR

Seasonally Closed Roads

Due to the abundance of snow, the seasonally closed roads on CMR NWR will remain closed beyond March 1st. We will announce when they are open.

Seasonally Closed Roads map

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

Winter

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Even though the warm days of summer are just a memory, there's still plenty of wildlife to be found on Charles M. Russell NWR from November to April. Songbirds like chickadees and juncos call from the understory in sheltered coulees while deer and elk browse the windswept uplands. If the snow is deep enough to cover the northern sagebrush, pronghorns and sage grouse move south to the Refuge and beyond in search of sage. Sharp-tailed grouse survive even the harshest winters with adaptations like feathered feet and by burrowing into the snow for shelter.

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

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS