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Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge

922 Bootlegger Trail, Great Falls, MT 59404
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Ranked #7 of 18 Attractions in Great Falls
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Alexandria, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was so good, we happily went twice during our visit to Great Falls. An easy drive north of town takes you to this wildlife reserve.the large wetlands supports a large number of waterfowl, waders, peeps and etc. the prairie around contained great grassland species - like chestnut collared long spur.

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We visited Benton Lake to see the birds. In the middle of the plains outside of Great Falls, Montana, we were the only visitors our entire stay. And the birds didn't like it. One greeted us at the entrance, another swooped the car and stood in the middle of road as if to tell us not to come here. But... More

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Great Falls, Montana
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I will be there again this weekend, the wetlandsvrefuge just a few miles out of Great Falls, full of grasses, birds and life. Think about Ryan's Dam too.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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202 reviews 202 reviews
38 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

This is truly an oasis -- most of the surrounding country is in dry land farming. Even in August, there was enough water present to provide a good variety of bird life, primarily wading birds with some waterfowl and some grassland birds. Portions of the "lake" were mostly dry at this time, since the refuge is managed for waterfowl migration;... More

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Spring, Texas
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125 reviews 125 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

If you like birds, be sure to stop here for some good grassland birds and waterfowl. I went in early July and got to see marbled godwit, willet, long-billed curlew, grebes and lots of mallards with ducklings in tow!

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

quiet and serene and different birds all the time. nice spot any time of year.

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Great Falls, Montana
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Have volunteered at the Refuge and felt like I was really making a contribution in doing bird counts.

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