Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Stevensville

#19 of 31 in Wildlife in Montana
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is a 2800acre National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in southwestern Montana, U.S. Established in 1964 as Ravalli NWR, it was renamed in 1978 in honor of the late Senator Lee Metcalf, a native of Montana. The refuge was set aside for the protection of migratory bird species. About 235 species of birds have been documented on the refuge, with over 100 nesting there. Additionally, 37 species of mammals, and 17 species of reptiles and amphibians also have been documented.The refuge's wildlife viewing area covers 160acre of wetlands and riparian woodland. It includes two nature trails and a paved, wheelchair-accessible trail from the parking lot to the picnic area. The viewing area is equipped with a viewing and fishing structure, outdoor restroom facilities, benches, and an information kiosk.One of the nature trails, the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Viewing Trail, was designated as a National Recreation Trail.
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  • Lee Metcalf NWR is one of our favorite places to visit and it is beautiful any time of the year but particularly in the fall. The day we were there, the golden-leafed trees contrasted beautifully with...  more »
  • We were driving by and knew that our timing was bad (it was midday in the summer) but we decided to give it a try anyway. Didn't expect much and didn't get to see much either. Better to visit during t...  more »
  • This refuge sports turkeys, ospreys, deer, and lots of other raptors, birds, and waterfowl. The hard gravel road spans about 8 miles north of Stevensville, MT. There are a couple of parking lots with ...  more »

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