Wildlife watching at Swan River National Wildlife Refuge

Two children looking at a herd of elk from the bed of a carriage in a snowy landscape with mountains in the background

If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your nearest 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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! From birding to bear watching, from viewing white-tailed deer or swimming muskrats, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for Swan River NWR visitors.

There is an accessible information kiosk and viewing platform within a short distance of the parking area.

For more information about wildlife observation opportunities at Swan River NWR, contact Jim Lange at 406-727-7400, extension 228 or e-mail: jim_lange@fws.gov.