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Medicine Lake Wilderness

Medicine Lake Wilderness

The Medicine Lake Wilderness, covering 11,366 acres, is a part of Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Thousands of migrating waterfowl make their summer home in Medicine Lake's National Wildlife Refuge. Great blue herons, white pelicans, sandhill cranes, grebes and twelve different species of duck share the prairie lake ecosystem.

Self-guided hiking and a fourteen-mile driving tour around the wildlife refuge are some popular options. One tour stop is the site of teepee rings of stone, perhaps 4,000 years old, which mark areas where Indian lodges were built. Another highlight of the refuge is a 100-foot observation tower which offers a panoramic view of the area, and an observation platform with telescopes that provide a view of the largest white pelican colony in Montana, over 10,000 birds.

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