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National Wildlife Refuge

Flocks of Canada geese and tundra swans stand on lake ice at Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge.
194 Bowdoin Auto Tour Road
Malta, MT   59538
E-mail: bowdoin@fws.gov
Phone Number: 406-654-2863
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Many people visit Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge each year to view and photograph the 263 species of birds, herds of pronghorn, and the native prairie landscape.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Bowdoin NWR is an excellent outdoor classroom for studying topics such as birding techniques, water quality monitoring, plant identification, aquatic plants, and insect populations.

Approximately 40% of the Refuge is open to waterfowl and upland bird hunting. Hunters must register each day at the Hunter Check Station. Hunting and public use brochures are available at the Refuge Office and Hunter Check Station. There is no big game hunting or camping allowed on Bowdoin NWR.

Refuge staff are available for guided Refuge tours, slide presentations, and other interpretive activities by appointment.

Wildlife Observation
A 15-miles auto tour route encircles Lake Bowdoin and several smaller units of water offering visitors an opportunity to view wildlife up-close from their vehicle. Bowdoin NWR also offers a 0.4-mile accessible pedestrian trail with a photo blind and observation deck. Other accessible facilities include rest rooms, a boat launch/pier, and a hunting/photo blind (located at a nearby Waterfowl Production Area).

The Refuge is open for public use from dawn to dusk, except during hunting seasons when hunters are allowed reasonable time for accessing hunting areas when arriving before dawn and when leaving after dusk. Office hours are from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 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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