Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Stevensville

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Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is a 2800acre National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) along the Bitterroot River in southwestern Montana, U.S. Established in 1964 as Ravalli NWR, it was renamed in 1978 in honor of the late Senator Lee Metcalf, a native of Montana. The refuge was set aside for the protection of migratory bird species. About 235 species of birds have been documented on the refuge, with over 100 nesting there. Additionally, 37 species of mammals, and 17 species of reptiles and amphibians also have been documented.
The refuge's wildlife viewing area covers 160acre of wetlands and riparian woodland. It includes two nature trails and a paved, wheelchair-accessible trail from the parking lot to the picnic area. The viewing area is equipped with a viewing and fishing structure, outdoor restroom facilities, benches, and an information kiosk.
One of the nature trails, the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Viewing Trail, was designated as a National Recreation Trail.
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  • Feel free to walk your dogs here, just keep them on a leash. We saw a great horned owl and a red squirrel. There is nice walk along the Bitterroot River.  more »
  • Birds everywhere you go at this refuge. Terrific assistance from the staff who are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Good trails and viewing area. With the mountains surrounding you and the...  more »
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  • Serene, tranquil and peaceful

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