Lee Metcalf NWR

Tips for Birding

Spotting scopes are essential for all areas except the Wildlife Viewing Area. The Wildlife Viewing Area Trail is wheelchair accessible. See individual hotspots within this group for more details.

Birds of Interest

Migratory waterfowl and shorebirds seasonally, along with many resident and breeding species of wetland, forest and open country birds.

About this Location

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, established on February 4, 1964, is a 2,800-acre refuge located in the Bitterroot River Valley of southwest Montana. The Refuge is approximately 2 miles north of Stevensville and 25 miles south of Missoula in Ravalli County, Montana. Elevation ranges from about 3,225 feet on the north end of the Refuge to about 3,314 feet on the southern end. This floodplain refuge provides a diverse mosaic of western mountain valley habitats including gallery and riverfront forest, wet meadow, wetlands, and grassland benches.

About Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

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Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is a representation of the diverse native wildlife habitat once found abundantly between the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains and along the ever-changing Bitterroot River. This floodplain refuge provides a diverse mosaic of western mountain valley habitats including gallery and riverfront forest, wet meadow, wetlands, and grassland benches.

Notable Trails

Kenai Trail, Wildlife Viewing Area Trail

Features

  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Roadside viewing

  • Entrance fee

Content from Official Website and Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Official Website

Last updated October 26, 2023

The Bitterroot Range from Wildfowl Lane
Thomas Kallmeyer