John W. and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuge

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John W. and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuge


(402) 387-3789

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At press time the refuge was closed to the public. It is 2,400 acres in size and is located 25 miles south of Bassett along Highway 183 in north-central Nebraska. The refuge was established in 1999 to preserve, restore, and enhance the ecological diversity and abundance of migratory and resident wildlife. The refuge lies among the Sandhills of Nebraska, which is the largest remaining tract of mid- and tall-grass prairie in North America.

The refuge is made up of three diverse habitats: grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. The grasslands cover the majority of the refuge. Warm and cool season grasses, including big bluestem, Indian grass, switchgrass, stipa, and other species, dominate the grasslands. The refuge's wetlands occur primarily along the Refuge's two creeks, Bloody Creek and Skull Creek. Bloody Creek, once an intermittent stream but now nearly permanent due to high groundwater, cuts across the refuge for 1 1/4 miles. Skull Creek, a permanent stream which empties into the Calamus River, flows across half a mile of the western portion of the refuge. The woodlands include approximately 10 acres of cottonwood forest, which were planted during the original homesteading of the Sandhills region.

The refuge is home to a variety of wildlife such as white-tailed deer, prairie grouse, and wild turkeys, as well as many other bird species.

The refuge is part of a complex that includes Fort Niobrara and Valentine Refuges.

Map of John W. & Louise Seier NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 42.372559, -100.064163




John W. & Louise Seier NWR is located about 25 miles south of Bassett, Nebraska, off of U.S. Highway 183.

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(402) 387-3789