The North Platte National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Nebraska Panhandle, near Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The Refuge was recognized as an important place for migratory birds with fall concentrations of Mallards (250,000); Canada geese (11,000) and Bald eagles. President Woodrow Wilson established this area as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1916 by Executive Order No. 2446 as a “preserve and breeding ground for native birds.” Today, the over 2,700 acre Refuge provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

The North Platte National Wildlife Refuge is made up of Lake Minatare, Winter's Creek Lake, Lake Alice and Stateline Island in the North Platte River. While portions of Winters Creek Lake and Lake Alice are closed to all public entry, the remainder is open to a variety of public uses most of the year.

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Boasting abundant wildlife, the North Platte NWR contains a mixture of native prairie and woodland habitat. Whether the Refuge unit is surrounded by water (Stateline Island) or bordering a reservoir (Lake Alice, Lake Minatare and Winters Creek), riparian riparian
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habitat is a key feature of this Refuge. Enjoy a casual drive while birdwatching, hunting or fishing!

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      About Us

      Boasting abundant wildlife, the North Platte National Wildlife Refuge units contain a mixture of native prairie and woodland habitat. The various types of water bodies and types attract an abundance of waterfowl, shorebirds, passerines (perching birds), raptors, and a variety of other birds. Additionally, 21 mammals including both mule and white-tailed deer, can be seen throughout the year. During the warmer months, 17 species of reptiles and amphibians may also be observed.

      What We Do

      Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
      A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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      is established to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species. 

      Refuge staff carefully consider a variety of habitat management techniques and employ them appropriately and effectively to create, enhance and maintain quality habitat for plants and wildlife. Water level manipulation, periods of rest, areas of public closure, prescribed fire, mowing, experimental bio-control insect releases, and seeding native plants are some of the techniques used to help native plants recover on national wildlife refuges.

      Our Species

      The North Platte National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for a number of birds that are considered to be species of concern including white-faced ibis, trumpeter swan and common loon. White-tailed and mule deer are more common while pronghorn antelope are occasionally seen on the Refuge.