Crescent Lake - Island Lake Loop Trail 2019

High Water, Ice, and Limited Access

AS OF NOVEMBER 5, 2019 - Due to high water, freezing conditions, and flooded roadways, access to Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge remains limited. The Refuge Office and Visitor Contact Station can now be accessed from the North and South on County Rd 181. County roads to and from Oshkosh, Lakeside, Antioch, and Lisco all have been re-opened this week but conditions remain poor. Roads are wet, soft, and muddy and slow speed and four wheel drive vehicles are recommended. Some Island Lake and Crane Lake area trails remain closed (see map). The Wilderness area is accessible from the East end and from Crane Lake only. For your safety, please respect Road Closed signs. Please call the Refuge office for more information, 308-762-4893.

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Items of Interest

Office Hours

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge's Office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM except for Federal Holidays. The Refuge is open sunrise to sunset.

Federal Duck Stamp


Purchase of Federal Duck Stamps support the purchase or lease of wetlands within the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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The Refuge

Refuge's Vision

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) has been described as one of America's great wilderness refuges. The Refuge was established in the Nebraska Sandhills in 1931 as an area reserved and set apart to provide a refuge and breeding ground for birds and wild animals. Also described as a "sea of grass in a sea of grass", Crescent Lake NWR has a concentration of both native prairie and lush wetlands. Such vital habitat attracts a wide variety of native wildlife, particularly migratory birds, for visitors to enjoy. With careful management, our staff believes that Crescent Lake NWR can be enjoyed by many generations of visitors to come.

About the Complex

Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex.

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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.

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