We welcome you to Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge.
About the Complex
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
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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- March 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, USFWSPublic Use Brochure
- March 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, USFWSNinepipe Birds
Established among the prairie potholes of the Mission Valley to be “….a refuge and breeding grounds for native birds”, Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge provides excellent breeding and staging habitat for abundant waterfowl and other water birds.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 02, 2016