Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge

Ninepipe Montana sunset

Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful area south of Polson and Flathead Lake, and north of St. Ignatius and Missoula, MT., created to accommodate nesting birds.  It is open to the public for wildlife viewing, birding, and photography.  Of course, the best viewing is early in the morning or later in the day.  There are over 200 species of birds. Mostly waterfowl, that come through the area.  Wildlife mostly consists of muskrats, voles, mice, mink, and skunk.  The occasional bear and deer are seen.

The refuge is mostly water but there are roads that go around the area.  Drive in off of highway 93, and look for places to pull over for best viewing.  There is also an access road off of 212 onto Ninepipe Road. In addition, the refuge is accessible from the National Bison Range.  The surrounding towns of Charlo, St. Ignatius, and Ronan have any supplies and amenities that you may need before driving into the refuge.

For those who enjoy wildlife viewing, this refuge is a gold mine.  There are over 2,000 acres of land, preserved for the protection of our waterfowl.  The surrounding Mission Mountains make for beautiful landscape.  Catch the moon rising over the mountains after 10 o’clock in the evening.

Make sure to check the annual schedule for access to the site.  Depending on the season, some of the roads may not be accessible.

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