Benton Lake NWR

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Benton Lake NWR is a 14 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Great Falls, MT that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

14.0 miles Loop

wheelchair friendly



nature trips

scenic driving




wild flowers




washed out

Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge covering 12,383 acres is located on the western edge of the northern Great Plains, 50 miles east of the Rocky Mountains and 12 miles north of Great Falls. Benton Lake is a 5,000-acre pot hole wetland created by continental glaciers thousands of years ago. Over 6,000 acres of intact, northern mixed-grass prairie provide annual habitat for grassland birds for fall and spring migration and breeding. Waterbird use on the Refuge is highest during fall and spring migration periods both in wet and dry periods. As more of the basin is flooded in both the spring and fall, critical migration habitat is provided as stopover areas for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and other species of birds of prey, songbirds, rails, and blackbirds.

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