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

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

2020 CMR Hunting Regulations

The 2020 CMR Hunting Regulations are now available.

2020 CMR NWR Hunting Regulations

POSTPONED - CMR Community Working Group Meeting

The meeting scheduled for May 21, 2020 has been postponed until September 17, 2020. Please check here for further updates.

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

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

Summer

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

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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