Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
|Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Ravalli County, Montana, USA|
|Nearest city||Missoula, MT|
|Area||2,800 acres (11 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States located in southwestern Montana. It was renamed in 1978 in honor of the late Senator Lee Metcalf, a native of Montana. The refuge encompasses 2,800 acres (11 km2) of land protected for migratory bird species and other animals and plants. About 238 species of birds have been documented on the refuge, with over 100 nesting there.
The refuge's wildlife viewing area covers 160 acres (0.65 km2) 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 in 2005.
- "Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 2006-08-16.
- "USGS Stevensville (MT) Topo Map Quad". TopoQuest. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
- "Lee Metcalf Wildlife Viewing Trail". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 2007-04-04.
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