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Bowdoin Lake

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Malta, MT
+1 406-654-2863
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Wonderful Wildlife Refuge!

Take the 15-mile loop around the lake and experience thousands of birds of all types. An amazing... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2017
noworries2000
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Federal Way, Washington
Wonderful place! Bike the 15 mile loop around the lake!

Lots of birds, amazing plants and a great road to bike or drive with your car. I really recommend... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2017
VinitaS406
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Lewistown, Montana
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A 4,000-acre lake offers 263 species of birds for nature lovers.
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“mile loop” (2 reviews)
“great stop” (2 reviews)
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Reviewed November 14, 2017

Take the 15-mile loop around the lake and experience thousands of birds of all types. An amazing experience that is well worth the drive off the beaten path to get here. Take good binoculars, a camera with a good telephoto lens, comfortable shoes, water, and...More

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Reviewed November 10, 2017

Lots of birds, amazing plants and a great road to bike or drive with your car. I really recommend the biking to get all the wonderful sights and sounds. Best done in spring or fall (as the mosquitos can be overwhelming during the summer months).

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Reviewed June 6, 2017

This lake was so full of birds it took us 3 hours to drive around and identify some of them. Since it was the first of June there were baby avosets, and stilts very close to the road.

Thank Kathy E
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Reviewed April 11, 2017

We did the auto circle in mid-April and saw a pretty diverse population of birds. The white pelicans were observed but always from a distance as they evaded us as we did the driving loop. Many vocal and cooperative meadowlarks made the drive very enjoyable...More

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Reviewed August 15, 2016

We drove out from Malta in the evening after supper. Several miles from town; it is a haven for birds galore; we also saw lovely brown rabbits that sat for their portrait. The evening mosquitoes were out in full force so it would have been...More

Thank gerryak
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Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

My husband LOVED this wildlife refuge. He got lots of pictures of birds. It takes at least a minimum of 2 hrs to drive through, stopping for pictures. Watch out for the mosquitos, really bad when we were there. Definitely have repellent with you just...More

Thank HoneyBear22
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

During a stay in Malta I twice drove around the refuge, once in each direction, sunrise and sunset. The waterfowl, wading birds, and other wildlife were spectacular. I was able to see a number of prairie birds that were new, along with large numbers of...More

Thank Daniel E
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Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in birding this is a great stop. There is a loop trail to drive through the refuge. We went in early May and didn't see another car. But we saw plenty of shorebirds and even a short-eared owl. I think there...More

Thank Ricaroo
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Reviewed October 28, 2014

The drive around the lake provides great opportunity for birding. There are ducks and upland birds galore.

Thank CommanderChip
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

Stunningly beautiful flocks of waterbirds kept up a constant clamor and kaleidoscope of color and sound. Worth a visit even in intermittent snow and rain!

Thank travelermt22
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