Features

Very Limited Access

AS OF AUGUST 29, 2019 - Due to high water and flooded roadways, access to Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge is currently very limited. Island Lake and Crane Lake near the South Refuge boundary are accessible. The Wilderness is accessible from the East end only. All other roads and trails are closed to the Public including access to the Refuge Office and Visitor Contact Station. For your safety, please respect Road Closed signs. Please call the Refuge office for more information, 308-762-4893.

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

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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

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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.

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