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Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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922 Bootlegger Trl, Great Falls, MT 59404-6133
+1 406-727-7400
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Peaceful place to spend sundown

On a trip in August 2017, I spent the golden sunlight time near sunset with several thousand... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2017
Lori_in_KingWilliam
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King William, Virginia
Benton Lake is not a lake

We went to the visitor's center while in Great Falls. There isn't really a lake at Benton Lake... read more

Reviewed June 29, 2016
concertina61
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Sep 16, 2017
“Peaceful place to spend sundown”
Jun 29, 2016
“Benton Lake is not a lake”
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922 Bootlegger Trl, Great Falls, MT 59404-6133
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Reviewed September 16, 2017

On a trip in August 2017, I spent the golden sunlight time near sunset with several thousand waterfowl. They were the only thing I could hear, except for a gentle wind. The near-full moon hung low on the horizon. The roads were graveled but smooth,...More

2  Thank Lori_in_KingWilliam
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Reviewed June 29, 2016

We went to the visitor's center while in Great Falls. There isn't really a lake at Benton Lake Wildlife Refuge. It is a wetlands. We talked to a worker. We decided not to drive the 9 miles since it didn't appear to be worth it.

3  Thank concertina61
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Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

After business meetings all day I went out to be able to walk and stretch a bit. It is a beautiful area and is a place I could sit and watch the birds for awhile.

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Reviewed July 19, 2015

With a morning to spare before joining up with the rest of our tour group, we rented a car and drove out to this wildlife refuge hoping for some interesting birding. We didn't expect much when we started the 9-mile loop drive as the lake...More

5  Thank The Other Jim H
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Reviewed July 14, 2015

I probably should have called first (but then likely would have come anyway) because by early July the water levels were low enough that pretty much only one small area of water remains. We did see several shore birds: willet, avocet, sandpipers, and gulls, and...More

1  Thank okaugust
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Reviewed May 29, 2015 via mobile

Scaring up a pheasant as we were driving up was a surprising start. Good variety of water birds. American Avocets were the most plentiful with a few spotted sitting on nests. Highly recommend.

2  Thank masfw
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Reviewed April 22, 2015

If you are interested in birds this is a must. I have seen numerous birds that I didn't even know existed. There are several walk ways to get closer to some of the birds. Usually see some other wildlife, such as antelope, coyotes and deer

1  Thank Jean M
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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...More

1  Thank Richard_Milsom
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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...More

1  Thank smallino7416
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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.

1  Thank algologist
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