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Lost Trail
National Wildlife Refuge

A large wetland blankets part of the valley floor.  A variety of plants thrive in the moist ground along the shores of the wetland.
6295 Pleasant Valley Road
Marion, MT   59925
E-mail: bisonrange@fws.gov
Phone Number: 406-644-2211
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Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge is located in Pleasant Valley. This valley was formed during the Pleistocene by glacial and sedimentation activity.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Various video tapes, brochures, educational packets, and handouts are available for educators. Video tapes may be checked out for classroom use. The Refuge also participates in "hands-on" outdoor classroom activities. Past activities have included construction and placement of Canada goose nesting structures and mountain bluebird nest boxes, water quality surveys, and reptile and amphibian surveys.

Portions of Lost Trail NWR are open to hunting of elk, deer, mountain grouse (ruffed, spruce, and blue), and wild turkey hunting in accordance with Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) regulations. Shotgun hunting for turkey and mountain grouse on the Refuge is limited to nontoxic shot. Vehicle access is permitted on roads currently open to the public including the North 1019 Road and County Road (Pleasant Valley Road). Hunters are required to park in designated areas to access areas open to hunting. Youth hunting is encouraged by limiting the first week of archery deer and elk season and the first week of the general deer and elk season to youths 12-14 years of age accompanied by an adult and/or guardian who is at least 21 years of age. Hunters with disabilities, in possession of a MFWP permit to hunt from a vehicle, are provided with limited access to Refuge management roads and trails.

The Refuge staff participate in "Loon Day" and International Migratory Bird Day.

Wildlife Observation
The Refuge offers excellent wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities. Deer, elk, and moose are the primary large mammal species on the Refuge. In the spring months, 18 species of waterfowl can be observed on the Refuge wetland areas along with numerous marsh and water birds. Bald eagles and golden eagles are known to inhabit the Pleasant Valley area and there is an active bald eagle nest site at Dahl Lake. Wolves, grizzly bears, and black bears are seen at times. Visitors are allowed to hike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe throughout the Refuge except for portions closed September 1 to December 1. Roads designated for non-motorized use are open to mountain bike and horseback access.

Areas of the Refuge open to public use are open daylight hours only. County Road (Pleasant Valley Road) and North 1019 (access to Plum Creek and Forest Service lands) are open 24 hours. Office hours are from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, when staff is available, except on Federal holidays.

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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