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Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Stevensville

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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 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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  • The Lee Metcalf near Stevensville, MT is not that large that you can see it all within an hour. Wildlife depends on the time of the year and is best at early mornings and dusk. The walk back to the Bi...  read more »
  • We enjoy this preserve. There are a number of nice walking trails and access to the Bitterroot. We enjoy going there to fish and have a casual picnic with our dogs. 
  • We were also there about a week ago, and had a pleasant walk in the woods. We saw no wildlife at all. This looks like a nice flat place to walk your dogs. 
  • Awesome wildlife refuge hidden away back in the Bitterroot. Don't miss the VC, when we were there they had a bald eagle perched in a tree right outside, and a great collection of furs inside my daughter loved!
  • Such a beautiful place to come for walks, runs, or even just a picnic lunch. There's abundant wildlife and they even have monthly bird watching classes. Bring your family and have a wonderful day.
  • Beautiful, the duck hunting and deer hunting is okay at best! Would be amazing if they allow pheasant hunting!
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