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Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge

223 North Shore Road, Medicine Lake, MT 59247-9600
+1 406-789-2305
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Come and Watch The Sharp-tailed Grouse Dance!

This June my wife and I traveled to see Montana and we started here. This NWR is located in the... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
BluegooseTraveler
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New York Mills, MN, United States
Bird Watching at a Great Plains Wildlife Refuge

The Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides an opportunity to view a variety of waterfowl... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2016
Mike S
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Richmond, Virginia
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This lake area offers 8,700 acres of serene wilderness.
  • Excellent30%
  • Very good60%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
19 Sep 2017
“Come and Watch The Sharp-tailed Grouse Dance!”
30 Oct 2016
“Bird Watching at a Great Plains Wildlife Refuge”
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223 North Shore Road, Medicine Lake, MT 59247-9600
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+1 406-789-2305
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

This June my wife and I traveled to see Montana and we started here. This NWR is located in the north eastern corner of the state near the town of Medicine Lake. It was set aside to protect the wildlife heritage of the United States....More

Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed 31 October 2016

The Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides an opportunity to view a variety of waterfowl and other birds on the lake and in dryland habitats. There are a number of different locations for viewing and several drives that are open at various times during the...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Made a detour to stop here for our picnic. Lovely peaceful location, as expected saw lots of birds and there's a small visitor centre with pleasant staff in. Had our picnic at the table near the lake but because of the proximity to water there's...More

Thank Wooler
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

This place is for the birds. Bairds and grasshopper sparrows, quails, sandpipers, other waterfowl, longspurs, buntings, and so much more. The rolling plains were beautiful and the trip around the refuge was exquisite. I highly recommend this spot for anyone interested in nature. The naturalist...More

Thank jazzie F
Reviewed 1 June 2016

We started early in the morning and were rewarded with owls as well as all manor of water fowl and grassland birds. Including many that are uncommon to rare elsewhere.

Thank montanan_traveler
Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

Several people had told me about medicine lake and I was not disappointed. I took the first right off of 16 coming from Sidney and immediately saw lots of bird species. I walked along the shoreline and took lots of pictures. I also walked up...More

Thank Vanessa B
Reviewed 4 November 2015

Nice place to hunt. Decent cattails and reeds. Lots of mud and water. Make sure to hunt only in the sections open for the particular date you are there.

Thank bendorbreak
Reviewed 15 October 2014

There is an orientation centre with brochures, etc. The bird sanctuary is quite large and has roads criss crossing it at intervals. Lots of swans and other waterfowl and pheasants in the dry areas. A very pretty place.

Thank RonTSmithers_B_C_
Reviewed 11 April 2013

Medicine Lake is great for bird watching, especially waterfowl. It is most easily visited by car. One must be careful to go when the roads are dry since they can be too muddy or even closed due to high water.

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