Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Cool Cats

    Predators are an essential part of a proper functioning ecosystem. Cats that live on our Refuge include bobcat, lynx and cougar.

    Cool Cats

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    Stories in the Snow

    Have you ever wondered who made that track in the snow?

    Stories in the Snow

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    Flames and Fire

    Fire helps to maintain healthy forests so we plan prescribed fire burns.

    Fire Management

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    Bike Rack

    Check out our new bike rack located by the Headquarters kiosk.

    Plan Your Visit

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    Western Pearlshell Mussel

    Do you know how long mussels live?

    Western Pearlshell Mussel

Special Events

Fish Control on McDowell Lake

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Wa. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife will be treating McDowell Lake with rotenone on October 13 to control the undesirable tench and pumpkinseed sunfish infesting the lake.

Fish Control on McDowell Lake

Prescribed Burning

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The Refuge is preparing for prescribed burning this fall. Burning is planned to occur sometime between Oct.- Dec. depending on weather conditions.

Prescribed Burning 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice


LPO Refuge is temporarily suspending Headquarters operating hours. Restrooms are CLOSED. Visitors are welcome to use The Auto Tour Route, trails, parking areas, and campgrounds.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

Firewood Permit 2020

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Firewood gathering with a valid permit is allowed on the refuge from July 15, 2020 through October 31, 2020. Permit applications are available on this website. Completed permits should be mailed to refuge headquarters. A valid permit will be sent to you by return mail.

Firewood Permit 2020
Bear Hunting

Bear Hunting

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Special hunting rules


About the Complex

Inland Northwest Complex

Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Inland Northwest Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS