Kenai Nature Trail Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

Missoula, Montana 59801

Kenai Nature Trail Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

Kenai Nature Trail Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1 963 to provide nesting, feeding, and cover habitat for migratory birds. A series of dikes and impoundments were constructed to hold and manage the water for wildlife. The diverse habitats within the refuge are a haven to 235 different species of migratory birds and a variety of wildlife, including 37 species of mammals and 1 7 species of reptiles. The Kenai Nature Trail begins at the visitor center and heads north on a gravel trail through riparian vegetation. The trail parallels wetlands and a chain of ponds with benches, viewing platforms, photo blinds, and a spotting scope."

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"The Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge is the last tract of undeveloped land in the Bitterroot Valley’s bottomland. The area serves as a slice of habitat for migrating birds and provides a beautiful backdrop for hikers.

Thick marshes of cattail stretch to the river’s banks, choked with thick stands of cottonwood. To the west, the Bitterroot Mountains erupt out of the valley floor, towering more than 6,000 feet above the refuge. The trail extends from the refuge’s headquarters building out to a wildlife viewing shelter equipped with a spotting scope."

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Trail Information

Missoula
Nearby City
2.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5 ours
Duration
Year-Round
Season
U.S.G.S. Stevensville
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Oct 2018