U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service logo A Unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System
Banner graphic displaying the Fish & Wildlife Service logo and National Wildlife Refuge System tagline

Lee Metcalf
National Wildlife Refuge

In the foreground, a large pond is surrounded by cattails.  Reflected in the pond are the rugged Bitterroot Mountains rising high above the valley floor.
4567 Wildfowl Lane
Stevensville, MT   59870
E-mail: leemetcalf@fws.gov
Phone Number: 406-777-5552
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
An oasis of glittering ponds and lush riparian habitat provide a fertile home for an abundance of wildlife.
Gray horizontal line
  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The Refuge is an excellent outdoor classroom for a variety of educational opportunities. The staff provides field trips and classroom visits throughout the year. Supplies such as binoculars, field guides, aquatic nets, and wildlife skins and skulls are available for use during field trips. Educator workshops are hosted yearly on a variety of topics. The Refuge staff coordinates the Junior Duck Stamp program for the State of Montana. Field trips must be scheduled in advanced. For more information, please contact the Refuge staff.

The Refuge's Wildlife Viewing Area is open to fishing. Fishing regulations for this area follow the Montana state regulations. The most common species caught are trout and whitefish.

The Refuge has designated areas for archery white-tailed deer hunting and waterfowl hunting. Special regulations apply; contact the Refuge staff for more information.

The Refuge staff and volunteers present interpretive walks during the spring and fall bird migrations. Interpretive leaflets about the Refuge and wildlife can be obtained at the entrance of the Wildlife Viewing Area. Interpretive signs are located in the Wildlife Viewing Area and along Wildfowl Lane.

Wildlife Observation
The Refuge's 160-acre Wildlife Viewing Area provides 2½ miles of nature trails. The trails meander through meadows and river bottom woodlands along the Bitterroot River. The Wildlife Viewing Area includes a ½-mile wheelchair accessible path leading to the Bitterroot River. A county road (Wildfowl Lane) stretches through the Refuge providing scenic views of the surrounding landscape and abundant opportunities to view and photograph wildlife on the Refuge.

Headquarters is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. The Wildlife Viewing Area and the Kenai Nature Trail are open daily, dawn to dusk (year-round).

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.).
- Refuge Profile Page -