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Medicine Lake
National Wildlife Refuge

A close-up image of this American white pelican shows the bright orange skin around the bird's eye; the bird's beak is the same orange color.
223 North Shore Road
Medicine Lake, MT   59247
E-mail: medicinelake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 406-789-2305
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This American white pelican is one of over 10,000 that nest on refuge each year, making it one of the largest white pelican colonies in the world.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental educational programs are available for schools, universities, and other structured groups. Areas are designated on the Refuge for education activities. Additional locations can be reserved for specific environmental education needs.

Fishing is allowed on Medicine Lake from November 15 through September 15. Use of non-motorized boats and canoes are allowed on the lake. Several locations for bank fishing are available. Winter ice fishing houses are allowed, but must be hand-moved onto the ice. Construction of ice holes must be done with hand augers, ice saw, or chisel. No mechanical devices may be used on the lake due to its Wilderness status.

Portions of the Refuge are open to hunting for white-tailed deer, ducks and geese, upland game birds, and mammalian predators. Permits and special regulations apply; please contact Refuge staff for specific information.

Exhibits and films are available at the Refuge headquarters. A small auditorium that seats up to 50 people is available for prescheduled programs. Interpretive leaflets and information brochures are available at the headquarters as well as at several kiosks located at various entrances to the Refuge. Interpretive signs are located along the Wildlife Drive providing information on wildlife, history, and habitat management practices.

Wildlife Observation
A 14-mile Wildlife Drive winds through prairie and wetland habitats with ten designated stops providing opportunities to view a wide array of wildlife typical of the northern Great Plains. A foot trail leads to a viewing platform equipped with all-season binoculars overlooking the white pelican nesting colony. Entrance to the Wildlife Drive is adjacent to the Refuge headquarters and is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

Refuge headquarters is open from 7:00 am until 3:30 pm Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. Wildlife Drive and outdoor facilities are open dawn to dusk daily.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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