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.


  • New Signs feature native languages

    As of fall 2019, Pablo National Wildlife Refuge has new entrance signs that feature traditional native languages in addition to English.

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  • An auger uses an auger to drill a hole in the ice prior to fishing.  Photo by Mike Koole, USFWS.

    Pablo NWR Open for Ice Fishing

    On January 8, 2018, Pablo Reservoir opened for ice fishing. See the Public Use Brochure for details.

    Public Use Pamphlet

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The Service is developing comprehensive conservation plans (CCP) for the National Bison Range Complex

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Winter Access at Pablo NWR

January 18, 2018 American bald eagles, brown juveniles and white-headed adults, sit on the ice during the winter season.  USFWS photo

Pablo National Wildlife Refuge reopens to public use on January 8, 2018 - including access for Ice Fishing. Be aware of ice conditions and do not venture out if unsafe. Also remember that access will be restricted starting March 1, for nesting season. See the Public Use Pamphlet for details and map.

Public Use Pamphlet
Featured Stories

New Signs at Pablo NWR are Markers and Milestones

New Signs at Pablo

As of fall 2019, Pablo National Wildlife Refuge has new entrance signs that feature traditional native languages in addition to English. The new signs communicate the important role of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in protecting and managing these lands, both historically and today.

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About the Complex

Western Montana National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Pablo National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Western Montana National Wildlife Refuge 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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