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The Refuge

Office Hours

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

About the Complex

Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex

The Complex is comprised of two units, the Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the North Platte National Wildlife Refuge located in the panhandle of western Nebraska.

Crescent Lake 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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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.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Banner Photo: Killdeer chick - Pete Knopp/USFWS
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015
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