Lee Metcalf NWR--Wildlife Viewing Area

Lee Metcalf NWR--Wildlife Viewing Area

Stevensville, Montana 59870

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Official Website

Tips for Birding

Binoculars and/or camera are sufficient, spotting scopes can be helpful along the Bitterroot River. In Winter trails can become packed and icy, traction devices are recommended at this time.

Birds of Interest

Great Horned Owl, Bald Eagle, American Dipper, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Belted Kingfisher.

About this Location

A pleasant walk through Cottonwood bottom land with views of the Bitterroot River. Trails are smooth and level, with paved sections. The area can be busy on weekends in Spring, Summer and Fall.

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

Wildlife Viewing Trail.

Features

  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Official Website

Last updated November 13, 2023

The Bitterroot Range from Wildfowl Lane
Thomas Kallmeyer