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  • Brown female canvasback duck sits on nest made of reeds with a few ducklings

    Ninepipe Summer Season

    As of July 15, Ninepipe NWR is fully open to authorized uses. For details click on public use pamphlet link.

    Public Use Pamphlet



We welcome you to Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge.

About the Complex

National Bison Range Complex

Complex Graphic

Four National Wildlife Refuges and a Wetland Management District are located in the Flathead, Mission and Pleasant Valleys. Find information about the Complex at the link below.

Nine-pipe is managed as part of the National Bison Range 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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What's Happening

  • Spring Birds

    The aptly named male yellow-headed blackbird perches high on a cattail perch to attract females to its nesting area.  Photo by Jesse Achtenberg, USFWSMarch 02, 2016

    With warming weather, open water and migration season, this is a great time to visit Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge for its bird life. There are lots of ducks, geese, swans and other aquatic birds on the water as well as small neo-tropical migrants singing among the cattails and reeds. Please note that parts of Ninepipe NWR are closed to all public use, including hiking and fishing, from March 1 to July 14 to protect the birds from disturbance during the nesting season (see the Public Use Brochure for a map). Photo by Jesse Achtenberg, USFWS

    Public Use Brochure
  • Who's Here Now

     A male pintail duck, with handsome chocolate brown head with thin white stripe up side coming from its white throat, is reflected perfectly in water.  Photo by Dave Menke, USFWSMarch 07, 2016

    Waterfowl migration is here. What a great excuse for you to get out and enjoy the early spring weather – whether mild and sunny or cool and blustery, the ducks and geese are moving through the area. With all the open water and potholes in the valley, it is easy to find the different species in their preferred habitat – deep or shallow, large or small. Keep an eye open for other migrants – the red-winged blackbirds, meadowlarks and killdeer are back. The yellow-headed blackbirds and many types of shorebirds should be coming through any day. Let us know what you see. Phot by Dave Menke, USFWS

    Ninepipe Birds
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 02, 2016
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