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Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

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Fish and Wildlife Service
115 West 3 Road Street
Suite 107
Stevensville, MT 59870



Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located along the Bitterroot River in the scenic and historic Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. Surrounded by the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountain Ranges, the Refuge offers spectacular viewing opportunities of the landscape and wildlife. The Refuge was established in 1963 to provide habitats for migratory birds and a variety of other wildlife. The Refuge's 2,800 acres is home to 235 species of birds, 41 species of mammals, and 17 species of reptiles and amphibians. Common wildlife sightings on the Refuge include white-tailed deer, muskrats, bald eagles, ospreys, waterfowl, and neotropical birds. A series of artificial water structures creates a chain of ponds that attract a wide variety of migratory birds and other wildlife. The Refuge is named in honor of the late U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf, who had a lifelong commitment to conservation. Metcalf was a local high school graduate and was instrumental in the establishment of this Refuge and many others in the U.S.

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Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is located 25 miles south of Missoula, Montana, and 2 miles north of Stevensville. From I-90, take U.S. Highway 93 south about 30 miles to Stevensville. At the Stevensville cut-off road (269), turn east. Travel 1 mile to Eastside Highway 203 and turn east. Travel ¼ mile to Wildfowl Lane and turn north. The Refuge is 2 miles from the intersection. The Refuge headquarters is located in the town of Stevensville. From Main Street, turn west on 3rd Street. The headquarters is located in the Kohl Office Building (Suite 107).

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