Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge

cmrIn and of itself, the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is over 120 miles long and encompasses over 2,000 square miles, which makes it bigger than Rhode Island and Delaware.

A car tour route begins just north of the Fred Robinson Bridge south of Malta. It takes the visitors through habitats from ponderosa pines to thick sagebrush and grass land prairie, while offering spectacular views of the Missouri River and the Missouri River Breaks

Every year, starting in early September, the "Slippery Ann Bottoms" is a safe haven where hundreds of elk gather for their annual mating ritual. The viewing area is accessible from the auto tour route, just north of the river. It is recommended to arrive in the late afternoon and stay until dusk for the best viewing.

Said to be the 3rd largest National Wildlife Refuge, it is open for public big game and upland bird hunting. The CMR NWF contains approximately 1.1 million acres, including the 245,000 acres Fort Peck Reservoir. The refuge includes native prairies, forested coulees, river bottoms, and the badlands so often portrayed in the paintings of Charlie Russell, the colorful western artist for whom the refuge is named.

Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge
Phone: (406) 538-8706
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