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  • A female canvasback duck, with its long sloping bill and soft brown cover, sits on a nest with fuzzy tan ducklings among green cattail leaves.  Photo by Donna Dewhurst, USFWS

    Closures for Nesting Season

    Parts of Ninepipe NWR will close to all use from March 1 to July 14 for the nesting season. Check the Public Use Brochure for map.

    Public Use Brochure



We welcome you to Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge.

About the Complex

National Bison Range Complex

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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 13, 2017

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
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2017
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