Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge

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Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge


(406) 538-8706


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Hailstone NWR lies within a large drainage area beginning with Hailstone to the north and ending at the state-owned and managed Big Lake to the south. It is part of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. This complex is one of the most productive areas in Central Montana for waterfowl. This area was established by Executive Order as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Hailstone NWR is located five miles northeast of Rapelje, Montana. It has a complex ownership and administrative pattern with 160 acres of fee title refuge, 760 acres of refuge easement and 1,828 acres of Waterfowl Production Area (WPA). The habitat component valuable to waterfowl and other wildlife at this site is a 300 acre reservoir. Historically, the area surrounding this refuge was shortgrass prairie, but over the years it was plowed and planted to wheat. Hailstone NWR was managed as a no-hunting refuge easemant from the mid-1930's until 1980 when the WPA was acquired.


Latitude, Longitude: 46.046548, -109.185562



  • Hunting

    Hunting on the Refuge is subject to Federal and State regulations. Consult all current Federal and State regulations prior to hunting on the Refuge. Big game hunting seasons and harvest quotas on the Refuge may be more restrictive than State regulations. Check Refuge regulations, available for the current year starting May 1, either at the Refuge headquarters, field stations, or the link located in the side bar.

Phone Numbers


(406) 538-8706