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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


News Release: Construction Projects Begin

Valentine and Fort Niobrara NWRs are beginning construction projects to enhance public access. See the link below for more details. And see the item below this one for the Temporary Vehicle Access Restrictions Map

News Release Refuge Construction Projects

Attention! Temporary Road Closures

Due to the high water table, flooded roadways and construction vehicular access to Valentine National Wildlife Refuge(Refuge) is currently limited to select roads on the Refuge map below. All other roads and trails are closed to vehicles from November 15 until such time as road conditions improve, and the Refuge rescinds the closures for Refuge roads, and Cherry county rescinds the closure of Pony Lake road. For your safety, please respect Road Closed signs. Please continue to check the refuge website for updates, or call the Refuge office for more information, 402-376-3398.

Temporary Vehicle Access Restrictions Map

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.

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USFWS Mission

US Fish and Wildlife Service Mission

The US Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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About the Complex

Fort Niobrara/Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Fort Niobrara/Valentine 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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