Facility Activities

Activities on the Refuge range from wildlife photography, camping at one of two designated campgrounds (River Marsh Campground at Lower Red Rock Lake and Upper Lake Campground at Upper Red Rock Lake), hunting permitted species in season in designated areas, fishing in designated areas, landscape and wildlife photography, hiking Sparrow Pond Trail or Odell Creek Trail, and bird/wildlife watching. 

 

 

Hunting is allowed on Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge only during designated times and in designated areas for elk, moose, deer, pronghorn and waterfowl (ducks, geese, coot) only - no other species are allowed to be hunted on the Refuge.  Hunting is regulated on the Refuge...

Fishing is permitted on the Refuge in designated areas only. A Montana State fishing license is required. Please read all applicable fishing regulations. 

Cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, Arctic grayling, rainbow trout, cutthroat-rainbow hybrids, brook trout, and...

Camping is allowed only in the two established campgrounds – River Marsh Campground and Upper Lake Campground and is restricted to 16 consecutive days within any 30-day period. Upper Lake Campground has potable spring water.  Both campgrounds provide vault toilets.  Please do not...

· Wildlife observation and photography, to include landscape photography, are permitted except within areas designated as closed for the protection of swans or other sensitive wildlife. Please do not disturb, approach, or follow wildlife in the quest for the perfect picture.  Moose...

· Only legally licensed street-legal vehicles being operated in accordance with Montana State law are allowed on Refuge roads. 

· Unlicensed ORUVs such as motorcycles/dirt bikes or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs/UTVs) may not be used on the Refuge.

· Off-road...

Snowmobiles are only allowed to travel through the Refuge on unplowed county roads (South Valley, North Valley, and Elk Lake Roads) identified by adjacent fences or fence posts protruding above the snow. Snowmobiles must possess a valid registration decal as required by Montana State Law.

·  Only non-motorized boats are allowed on the Refuge, except that area west of the Lower Red Rock Lake dam where motors are limited to 10 HP. 

·  Boating is limited to canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rafts, paddleboards, and other non-mechanized vessels in areas designated...

·  Horses may not be used to hunt and are not allowed in areas north of the South Valley Road, except that they may be used to retrieve big game in areas open to hunting. 

·  Horses may be ridden up Odell Creek Trail for access into mountainous areas beyond where the...

Bicycles are permitted only on Refuge roads open to motorized vehicles. To minimize disturbance to wildlife and to preserve wilderness values, bicycles are not permitted on hiking trails.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on the Refuge. To preserve the wilderness setting, there are no trails for these activities. Visitors should stay at least one-quarter of a mile away from animals when skiing or snowshoeing to avoid causing stress to wintering wildlife.

The Refuge offers two trails for hiking and reminds visitors to:

BE BEAR AWARE

Grizzly bears are present on all areas of the Refuge to include, but not limited to: forest, willows, sagebrush-steppe, grasslands, wetlands, lakeshores, and creeks.  The...