Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana Camping & Hiking

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Directions

To get to the Refuge, follow Highway 87 (Havre Highway) north out of Great Falls for about a mile and turn left onto Bootlegger Trail. Go about 9 miles to the well-marked Refuge entrance on the left.

Phone

406-727-7400

Activities

AUTO TOURING, BOATING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING

Camping Reservations

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Hiking Trails

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Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Covering 12,383 acres (19 square miles), Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located on the western edge of the northern Great Plains, 50 miles east of the Rocky Mountains and 12 miles north of Great Falls, Montana. Despite its name, Benton Lake is actually a 5,000 acre shallow wetland created by glaciers thousands of years ago. The gently rolling terrain of the Refuge is dominated by native shortgrass prairie and surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges. The main marsh on the Refuge has been subdivided into eight impoundments by a series of dikes and water control structures; this allows efficient water management and provides a diversity of habitat types.

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