Explore: Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge

Entry is free and visitors can spend time observing wildlife or walking the interpretive trail

By Beacon Staff
A bird rests on a rock near the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge. Beacon File Photo

If you’re a bird lover, you would be silly not to visit the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge this summer.

Established in 1921, the refuge hosts nearly 200 species of native birds. Located on the Flathead Indian Reservation, the land includes the Ninepipe Reservoir and welcomes your kids as well as your leashed furry friends.

The refuge, of which a portion closes during nesting season in the early summer, reopened in its entirety to public access on July 15. It will remain open from sunrise to sunset until late September, when the whole refuge is closed to the public for waterfowl hunting season.

Entry is free and visitors can spend time observing wildlife or walking the interpretive trail. Those with the required permit can fish on refuge land, including in the Ninepipe Family Fishing Pond, which is perfect for anglers of any age.

For more information on the refuge, its seasonal closures and other restrictions, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Nine-pipe.

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