Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

Stevensville, Montana 59870

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"The bitterroot is the state flower of Montana and was first collected and described by Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Stevensville takes credit as being the site of the first permanent white settlement in the Big Sky state. In 1841, Jesuit missionary Father DeSmet established the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville, now a historic site. Father Ravalli eventually took over the mission in 1845, and the county is named in his honor.

In 1963, the Ravalli National Wildlife Refuge was established and was later changed in 1978 to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. The late Senator Metcalf was a strong supporter of Montana wildlife and was instrumental in acquiring land for several national wildlife refuges. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
2 to 8 hours
Best spring, fall; March, April, October, November
Best Times
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Jul 2018