Welcome to Lake Mason National Wildlife Refuge, one of over 570 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System - a network of public lands administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set aside to conserve wildlife and habitat for people today and generations to come.

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Lake Mason National Wildlife Refuge is an unstaffed refuge and is part of the Charles M. Russell Complex. The Refuge consists of three separate tracts of land: Lake Mason Unit, Willow Creek Unit, and North Unit. The Refuge is open to hunting of migratory game birds, upland game birds, and big game as well as hiking and wildlife observation.

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      About Us

      Lake Mason National Wildlife Refuge was established “as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife”. The Refuge is an important staging and nesting area for migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and other migratory birds. It provides habitat for resident game species including pronghorn, elk, mule deer, greater sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, and gray partridge. A black-tailed prairie dog colony provides habitat for mountain plovers and burrowing owls.

      What We Do

      The overall management goal at this refuge is to promote biological diversity and maintain the natural abundance of native plants and wildlife. Science is the foundation upon which conservation decisions are made. We use research, monitoring and the best-available science to inform our work to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitat.