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Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge

#16 of 34 things to do in Great Falls Features Animals
922 Bootlegger Trl, Great Falls, MT 59404-6133
+1 406-727-7400
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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 30 June 2016
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Great place to explore

After business meetings all day I went out to be able to walk and stretch a bit. It is a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 24 February 2016
Karlina C
Albany, Oregon
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29 Jun 2016
“Benton Lake is not a lake”
23 Feb 2016
“Great place to explore”
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922 Bootlegger Trl, Great Falls, MT 59404-6133
+1 406-727-7400
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Reviewed 30 June 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.

2  Thank concertina61
Reviewed 24 February 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.

Thank Karlina C
Reviewed 19 July 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
Reviewed 14 July 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
Reviewed 29 May 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
Reviewed 22 April 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
Reviewed 3 September 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
Reviewed 19 July 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
Reviewed 9 May 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
Reviewed 20 August 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...More

3  Thank WYbirdwatcher
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