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Description - Crescent Lake NWR is located in the geographically unique sandhills region of western Nebraska. Mostly stabilized sandblows are the predominant landscape feature of the refuge. A high water table fills the low lying areas between dunes resulting in wetlands which are the basis for the wildlife abundance of the refuge.

The refuge is located at the juncture of the eastern and western; cool season and warm season ecotones. The resulting prairie is a unique mixture of plants and wildlife species which are a blend of east and west, north and south. Crescent Lake NWR has the longest bird list of any management entity in the State of Nebraska because of its location and productive and diverse habitat.

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Report: Beautiful, peaceful refuge that is hardly peopled (in March, that is). Saw abundance of waterfowl, and a flock of sandhill cranes flew overhead, calling on March 30th. Seemed to circle above, and as it was late in the day, were probably determining where to rest and feed for the night. Great place to hike - moderate slopes, a great many singing western meadowlarks, and the unobstructed view and great blue sky are exhilarating.

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Contact Information:
Crescent Lake NWR, HC 68 Box 21 , Ellsworth, NE, 69340, Phone: 308-635-7851
, r6rw_crl@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Nebraska Wildlife Refuges -

Crescent Lake NWR - Official agency website


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