Pablo National Wildlife Refuge

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Pablo National Wildlife Refuge

Montana

(406) 644-2211

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Overview

Pablo National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Mission Valley of Northwest Montana, within the boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation. It is about 2 miles south of Polson and 75 miles north of Missoula. It was established to function as a refuge and breeding ground for native birds. Shoreline fishing is allowed on Pablo in accordance with applicable State and Tribal regulations. Ice fishing is also permitted. Photography and wildlife observation are encouraged. There is vehicle access along roads across the dam and along the north side of the Refuge. Portions of the refuge are closed in the spring to minimize human disturbance to nesting birds. The Refuge is closed to hunting. Adjoining state-owned lands are managed for wildlife cover, food production and public hunting. The closure of Pablo enhances the quality of hunting in the Flathead Valley by providing a sanctuary, which may keep more birds in the area for a longer period of time. The wetland habitat supports abundant waterfowl species such as Canada geese, mallards, redheads, pintails, American widgeon, northern shovelers, blue- and green-winged teal, ruddy ducks, and gadwalls. Common mammals include muskrat, striped skunk, mink, badgers, field mice, meadow voles and porcupines.

Map of PABLO NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 47.636362, -114.159451

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    There is vehicle access along roads across the dam and along the north side of the Refuge.

  • Fishing

    Shoreline fishing is allowed on Pablo in accordance with applicable State and Tribal regulations. Ice fishing is also permitted. Sport fish include yellow perch and largemouth bass.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Photography and wildlife observation are encouraged. The wetland habitat supports abundant waterfowl species such as Canada geese, mallards, redheads, pintails, American widgeon, northern shovelers, blue- and green-winged teal, ruddy ducks, and gadwalls. Common mammals include muskrat, striped skunk, mink, badgers, field mice, meadow voles and porcupines.

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(406) 644-2211

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