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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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


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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Attention! Limited Access-High Water table and Flooded Roadways.

Due to the high water table and flooded roadways, 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

Aquatic Habitat Project Begins Second Phase

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The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Aquatic Habitat Project begins its second phase. Length limits on largemouth bass and northern pike at Pelican Lake are rescinded Dec. 1 through Aug. 1, 2018 in preparation for a rotenone treatment in late 2018. The aquatic habitat project addresses the lakes’ presence of common carp and their passage through water control structures.

Aquatic Habitat Project

Valentine NWR Generates $2.7 Million in Economic Benefit

A study conducted in 2012, showed Valentine National Wildlife Refuge generated $2.7 million in economic benefit for the Cherry County area in 2011. Economic benefit is the difference between the total value received from participating in a recreational activity and the total amount paid to participate in the activity. The benefit – which includes retail sales, taxes and job income – came from visitor spending tied to recreation activities on the refuge. The refuge returned $3.5 million in total economic effects, which is the total recreational expenditures plus net economic benefit. The figures come from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study, called Banking on Nature, which used 92 of the more than 550 national wildlife refuges for its economic sampling.

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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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