Swan River National Wildlife Refuge

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Swan River National Wildlife Refuge

Montana

(406) 727-7400

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Overview

The Swan River National Wildlife Refuge lies in the serene and picturesque Swan Valley Mountain Range in northwest Montana. Most of the refuge lies within a valley floodplain, which is composed mainly of reed canary grass. Portions of the refuge are open to waterfowl hunting and fishing. The refuge is listed in the state Watchable Wildlife Guide and receives a number of visitors to view some of the 171 bird species and deer, elk and black bear. Boating is allowed through the refuge on Swan River. Bog Road, though not maintained and not recommended for vehicles, is great for hiking and traverses the refuge east to west. The road is open for wildlife observation, photography and provides access to the interior portion of the refuge. Objectives of the refuge are to provide for waterfowl habitat and production and to provide for other migratory bird habitat. The refuge also provides a nesting site for a pair of southern bald eagles and a variety of other avian species. In addition, deer, elk, moose, beaver, bobcat, black bear and grizzly bears are known to inhabit the area. There are no significant developments or facilities on the refuge and present management is directed at maintaining the area in its natural state.

Map of SWAN RIVER NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 47.907384, -113.859122

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is allowed through the refuge on Swan River.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is not allowed on Spring Creek from March 1 through July 15; fishing is allowed on those portions of Swan River which flow through the refuge.

  • Hiking

    Bog Road, though not maintained and not recommended for vehicles, is great for hiking and traverses the refuge east to west. The road is open for wildlife observation, photography and provides access to the interior portion of the refuge.

  • Hunting

    Portions of the refuge are open to waterfowl hunting, with the majority being located north of Bog Road and along portions of Swan River.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The refuge is listed in the state Watchable Wildlife Guide and receives a number of visitors to view some of the 171 bird species and deer, elk and black bear.

Phone Numbers

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(406) 727-7400

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