Welcome to War Horse National Wildlife Refuge, one of over 570 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System - a network of public lands administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set aside to conserve wildlife and habitat for people today and generations to come.

Visit Us

War Horse National Wildlife Refuge is an unstaffed refuge and is part of the Charles M. Russell Complex. The Refuge consists of three separate land units: Wild Horse, War Horse and Yellow Water. The Refuge is open to hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife observation. A boat launching site for small craft is available on the Yellow Water Unit but no other recreation facilities are available.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      War Horse National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1958 as a “refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife”. The Refuge serves a staging and nesting area for migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and other migratory birds. It also provides habitat for resident species including pronghorn, mule deer, greater sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and gray partridge. 

      What We Do

      The overall management goal at this refuge is to promote biological diversity and maintain the natural abundance of native plants and wildlife. Science is the foundation upon which conservation decisions are made. We use research, monitoring and the best-available science to inform our work to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitat.