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Gold West Country Region
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Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
RED ROCK LAKES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
RED ROCK LAKES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is primarily a high elevation mountain wetland-riparian area. Red Rock Creek flows through the upper end of the Centennial Valley, within which the Refuge lies, creating the impressive Upper Red Rock Lake, River Marsh, and Lower Red Rock Lake marshlands. The rugged Centennial Mountains border the Refuge on the south, catching the snows of winter that replenish the Refuge's lakes and marshes. Red Rock Creek is near the headwaters of the Missouri River. This minimally-altered natural and diverse habitat provides for species such as trumpeter swans, moose, sandhill cranes, curlews, peregrine falcons, eagles, numerous hawks and owls, badgers, wolverines, bears, pronghorn, and wolves (in the backcountry). Native fish such as Arctic grayling and west-slope cutthroat trout thrive in this environment. <P>Red Rock Lakes NWR is designated a National Natural Landmark, as well as one of the few marshland Wilderness Areas in the country. As such, we continue to manage for primitive wilderness values where humans are visitors with minimal permanent impact on the landscape, and where wildlife moves throughout the Refuge with minimal human interaction. Formal trails are not designated or maintained. In keeping with the wilderness spirit, visitors are free to explore the country and follow numerous game trails and tracks made by moose, elk, and deer, and see the country the way wildlife sees it. <P>


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October 7 A haven for the Trumpeter Swans! by Rhody-Dave
Wild marshland ideal for waterfowl breeding, though said birds are challenged by weather extremes during the season of raising their young.


Directions
From Interstate 15 at Monida, Montana, the Refuge headquarters is 28 miles east on an improved (partially graveled) dirt road. From West Yellowstone, follow U.S. 20 for about 12 miles west to the junction with Montana Highway 87. Travel northwest on Montana 87 for 5 miles, and turn south at the Sawtell historical marker. Follow the paved road around the west shore of Henry's Lake for approximately 5 miles onto Red Rock Pass Road (improved dirt road), following it west for about 25 miles to the Refuge entrance. Fill your tank for the 100-mile round trip to the Refuge. <P>

USA Parks
USA Parks
Montana
Montana
Gold West Country Region
Gold West Country Region
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge