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North Platte
National Wildlife Refuge

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115 Railway Street
Scottsbluff, NE   69631
E-mail: crescentlake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 308-635-7851
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Local school groups are encouraged to use the Refuge units as outdoor classrooms. For interested educators, an Environmental Education Curriculum Guide, which highlights several of the units of the North Platte NWR, can be accessed through the Refuge web-site. Special presentations may be arranged. Please contact Refuge staff for details.

Fishing is allowed on all Refuge units with appropriate State of Nebraska permits and stamps. While fishing is allowed on Lake Alice, this lake is not managed as a fishery. Boats are allowed only on Winters Creek Lake and Lake Minatare (water areas of this unit are managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission). Internal combustion motors are prohibited on Winters Creek Lake.

Lake Alice is open to archery deer hunting and youth-only hunting for squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, coyote and most fur bearers. The unit is closed October 15 through January 14 to provide undisturbed habitat during peak waterfowl and eagle use periods.

Brochures are available at several information kiosks located throughout the Refuge.

Wildlife Observation
All units are open for wildlife observation, hiking, photography, and canoeing. Motorized vehicles are allowed on established trails only. The best opportunities for photography are generally provided by using your vehicle as a blind.

Refuge office hours are 7:30 am through 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. The Refuge units (with the exception of Stateline Island) are closed to public entry from October 15 to January 15 to prevent disturbance of wildlife during critical migration periods. All Refuge units are open during daylight hours only.

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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