Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana.

Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1936 to provide habitat for migrating, nesting, and feeding birds. The Refuge is home to more than 260 species of birds, 26 species of mammals, and a variety of reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Many of these wildlife species can be seen from the Refuge's 15-mile auto tour loop.

Bowdoin NWR encompasses 15,551 acres, including more than 6,600 acres of wetlands. Refuge staff also manage Lake Thibadeau, Black Coulee, Creedman Coulee, and Hewitt Lake NWRs. In addition, Refuge staff administer Bowdoin Wetland Management District, which consists of seven waterfowl production areas and a variety of grassland and wetland easements across three counties.

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Bowdoin NWR is located about 7 miles east of Malta, Montana. From U.S. Highway 2 on the east edge of Malta, turn southeast onto old County Highway 2 at the brown and white Refuge sign. Follow the paved road to the two stone pillars marking the entrance road to the Refuge headquarters.

Traveling from the east on U.S. Highway 2, turn south (left) at the brown and white Refuge sign located approximately 14 miles west of the Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs Resort turn-off. Follow the gravel road to the 4-way intersection and turn left again onto the paved road (Old County Highway 2). This will take you to the Refuge entrance.

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