Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located on the heavily glaciated rolling plains of northeastern Montana, between the Missouri River and the Canadian Border. The Refuge consists of two tracts - the 28,396 acre north tract, which includes the 8,213 acre Medicine Lake proper, five smaller lakes, and numerous potholes and the smaller 3,264 acre south tract, which contains the 1,280 acre Homestead Lake.
Thousands of migrating waterfowl make their summer home at Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Great blue herons, white pelicans, sandhill cranes, grebes and 12 different species of ducks share the prairie lake ecosystem.
Self-guided hiking and an 14-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 if the largest white pelican colony in Montana, over 10,000 birds.
Other attractions administered by this refuge is Lamesteer National Wildlife Refuge located south of Wibaux, and 43 waterfowl production areas. These areas range in size from 2 to 2,000 acres and are open to the public for nature walks, photography and hunting, following state seasons.