Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

2014-2015 Federal Duck Stamp Approved Use

Federal Duck Stamp

Purchase of Federal Duck Stamps support the purchase or lease of wetlands within the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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Items of Interest

Hunting and Fishing Update

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on 97 national wildlife refuges across the country in 2020. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure for information and regulations associated with these activities.

Hunting and Fishing Brochure

Office Hours

North Platte National Wildlife Refuge is open sunrise to sunset. For questions regarding North Platte NWR please contact Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge's Office, which is open Monday - Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM except for Federal Holidays.

About North Platte NWR

About North Platte National Wildlife Refuge

North Platte National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) lies in the Panhandle of Western Nebraska. Established in 1916, the Refuge is superimposed over four Bureau of Reclamation irrigation projects: Lake Minatare, Winters Creek Lake, Lake Alice and Stateline Island.

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About the Complex

Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex

North Platte National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Crescent Lake/North Platte Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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