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    Migratory Bird Day - May 13, 2017

    Crescent Lake NWR invites you to tour the Prairie Ranch Community in Garden County. The Refuge Headquarters will be staffed from 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the 13th. You can see displays, bird carvings, and wildlife and sandhills photography in the visitor center. Bird and other wildlife activity is often the best around sunrise or sunset (5:33 AM and 7:59 PM on the 13th). Planning a start time from the highway increases viewing opportunities. Song birds often continue to sing until 9 AM. Restrooms are available at all hours and water during staffed hours. Click on the link below to download touring maps and the press release with map directions.

    2017 Migratory Bird Day News Release and Maps (826KB PDF)

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

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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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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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Banner Photo: Killdeer chick - Pete Knopp/USFWS, Duck Stamp - The image must not be sold or provided to anyone who may sell anything related to a Duck Stamp or attempt to use the image in place of purchasing a Duck Stamp.
Last Updated: Mar 24, 2017
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