Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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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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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


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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