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    A Success Story!

    A prairie falcon delivered by refuge staff to the Montana Raptor Conservation Center with a broken leg and wing was released on November 1.

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    Weary Traveler....

    A Blue-winged Teal banded on the refuge in August 2011 was found in Haiti November 2012.


2019-2020 Hunting and Fishing Proposals

Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge proposes opening the Refuge to hunting for several additional bird species (tundra swans, sandhill cranes, coot); reopening recreational fishing opportunities on 2,499 acres; and extending fishing to year-round (fishing on the Refuge currently occurs from November 15 through September 15 annually). Public comments were accepted on the hunting proposal from May 23 to June 21. For more information about this proposal and how to get involved click on the link below.

More Information

Sharp Tailed Grouse Observation Blind

It's that time of year that sharp tailed grouse are performing their mating dances and the Medicine Lake NWR Sharp Tailed Grouse Observation Blind is available for reservation by calling the Refuge office at 406-789-2305

New Fishing Regulations

The new fishing regulations for Medicine Lake NWR can be found here.

Medicine Lake Fishing Regulations

Observation Tower

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Due to safety concerns, our observation tower will be closed to the public indefinitely. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Birds of the Refuge

Bird List


Designated a Globally Important Bird Area in the United States by the American Bird Conservancy, the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge bird list includes 283 species seen in the area since the Refuge was established.

Medicine Lake NWR Bird List (214KB PDF)

About the Complex

Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge 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