- 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.