TraveltoTourism.com
 
 
To: National Bison Range National Wildlife Refuge

Montana Recreation

National Bison Range National Wildlife Refuge, Montana


Established in 1908, the National Bison Range is one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the nation. It was established with the first Congressional appropriations ever made for the purchase of lands for a wildlife refuge. The original herd of bison, released in 1909, was purchased with private money raised by the American Bison Society and then donated to the Refuge.

The Bison Range helped bring the bison back from the edge of extinction. Today, 350-500 bison call this Refuge home. To keep the herd in balance with their habitat, surplus bison are donated and/or sold live.

Much of the Range was once surrounded by prehistoric Lake Missoula, which was formed by a glacial dam 10,000 years ago. Old beach lines are still evident on north-facing slopes. Today, the National Bison Range is a diverse ecosystem of grasslands, Douglas fir and ponderosa pine forests, riparian areas, and ponds. The National Bison Range is one of the last intact publicly-owned palouse prairie native grasslands in the United States. In addition to herds of bison, it supports populations of elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep as well as coyotes, mountain lions, bears, and bobcats. The Refuge has recorded 211 bird species.



  

Directions:National Bison Range is located in the Mission Valley of northwest Montana. From the south, take Highway 93 north to Ravalli, turning west on Highway 200 to Highway 212. Travel north on Highway 212 for 5 miles to the entrance. From the north, take Highway 93 south of Polson for 18 miles to State Highway 212; travel 12 miles to the entrance. From the west, turn north off Interstate 90 onto Highway 135 at St. Regis. Turn east at Highway 200 to Highway 212 just east of Dixon. Travel north on Highway 212 for 5 miles



  

Contact:

Fish and Wildlife Service
132 Bison Range Road Moiese,  MT  59824 Phone: 406-644-2211 Email: bisonrange@fws.gov

Recreation Articles

Non-Combative Self-Defense
> author: Jeffrey Miller
Ben Burns' NHL Notebook (November 22)
> author: Ben Burns
2006 Boston Red Sox Preview
> author: Jack Scrafford
2006 Colorado Rockies Preview
> author: Jack Scrafford
How A Female Golfer Can Quickly And Easily Improve Distance And Accuracy?
> author: Mike Pedersen
Winning at Arm Wrestling
> author: Kent Sayre
2006 Mid-Season NBA Breakdown of the Orlando Magic
> author: David Pincus
All About Cue Tips
> author: Bob Meucci
2006 NFL Mock Draft
> author: Jeremy Dunklin
Cricket Batting Tips: The Basics - A Correct Batting Grip
> author: Ian Canaway



National Bison Range National Wildlife Refuge
Recreation Opportunities
Autotouring
Biking
Boating
Fish Hatcheries
Fishing
Hiking
Historic/Cultural Sites
Previous     Next

 

Add an Event to LASR  
Add an Attraction to LASR
Add your Business to LASR




© Copyright 2013 LASR

Email LASR

Help promote these Travel Resources through Social Media
Social bookmarks