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Crescent Lake
National Wildlife Refuge

Amidst the sea of dry, brown grasses, a wetland exists where the sandhills dip below the water table.
10630 Road 181
Ellsworth, NE   69340
E-mail: cresentlake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 308-762-4893
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Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a vast sea of mixed-grass habitats with wetlands found where the sandhills dip below the water table.
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As a result, there was a homestead in almost every meadow. Even today, the sandhills are home to some of the largest ranches in the country.

Crescent Lake NWR lies within the Central Flyway. The initial Refuge was 36,920 acres, acquired primarily from one large ranch. Additional lands were acquired between 1932 and 1937. Most lands were acquired or exchanged under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act. About 2,566 acres were acquired under the Resettlement Administration, a drought and depression relief program.

The earliest government actions on the Refuge were tree planting and small construction projects by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Projects Administration (WPA). The CCC built several buildings still in use today at the Refuge headquarters. The WPA built roads, fences, and other facilities, such as the fire tower, and several buildings at the headquarters site.

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