Out And About Red Rock Lakes NWR

Centennial Valley Panorama

Centennial Valley Panorama

What would it be like after two years of being on the move to “settle down” for two months? That’s what we wondered. Would we get itchy feet and want to move on or fall in love with the area and wish we could stay? We’d been in the general area before and knew we liked it. The verdict is in and we love it here! Yes, we are a long way from stores and other activities. What keeps us active and interested? Here’s a sampling of being out and about at Red Rock Lakes NWR.

Centennial Valley At Sunset

Centennial Valley At Sunset

On A Refuge Road

On A Refuge Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centennial Valley

North Valley Scene

 

Hiking In The Sandhills Of The North Valley

Hiking In The Sandhills Of The North Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We work four days a week but the evenings are long here and sunset isn’t until after 9pm. This gives us time to have dinner and then go fishing, go for a drive or take a bike ride. We’ve had good luck at being out when wildlife is on the move. Even when we don’t spot anything the scenery is amazing. Then there are new wildflowers replacing the early bloomers. Having visited several refuges for a few hours or even a day we now see how different it is when you can observe over a longer period. The Upper and Lower Red Rock Lakes are scenic but Widgeon Pond is one of our favorite spots. Sometimes we drive beyond the refuge borders which offer great scenery too of ranches or the Continental Divide.

Lower Red Rock Lake Is A Birder's Dream

Lower Red Rock Lake Is A Birder’s Dream

Upper Red Rock Lake and Campground Is Very Popular

Upper Red Rock Lake and Campground Is Very Popular

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View From Widgeon Pond

View From Widgeon Pond

A Nearby Montana Barn

A Nearby Montana Barn

The Continental Divide Runs Along The Centennial Mountains

The Continental Divide Runs Along The Centennial Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Scottish Highland Bull At A Local Ranch

A Scottish Highland Bull At A Local Ranch

We have both had a chance to observe and assist with refuge projects such as tracking Arctic Grayling fry or monitoring mountain bluebird boxes. This has given us some fantastic photographic opportunities.

Naked As A Mountain Bluebird (5 days old)

Naked As A Mountain Bluebird (5 days old)

A Tree Swallow Sets Up Housekeeping In A Bluebird Box

A Tree Swallow Sets Up Housekeeping In A Bluebird Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arctic Grayling

Assisting With The Arctic Grayling Project On Elk Springs Creek

A Female Wilson's Phalarope On Elk Springs Creek

A Female Wilson’s Phalarope On Elk Springs Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An American Avocet

An American Avocet

Here are some of our recent wildlife encounters. Unfortunately the trumpeter swans are keeping the young cygnets well out of range for our lenses.

A Photogenic Beaver At Widgeon Pond

A Photogenic Beaver At Widgeon Pond

Sandhill Cranes In The Tall Grass

Sandhill Cranes In The Tall Grass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Pair Of Curlews At Lower  Red Rock Lake

A Pair Of Curlews At Lower Red Rock Lake

A Mother Coot And Her Red Headed Offspring

A Mother Coot And Her Red Headed Offspring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mule Deer

A Mule Deer

Pronghorn Are Plentiful In The Valley

Pronghorn Are Plentiful In The Valley

Meeting A Moose Family

Meeting A Moose Family

Oh yes, there are new wildflowers popping out every week.

Pincushion Buckwheat In The North Valley

Pincushion Buckwheat In The North Valley

Stonecrop Is A Type Of Sedum

Stonecrop Is A Type Of Sedum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elk Thistle

Elk Thistle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Gentian aka Monument Plant

Green Gentian aka Monument Plant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We thought we’d have time to include some history and other stories in this post but it is getting too long so we’ll end now with this beautiful sunset. Don’t miss this hidden gem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sunset, Red Rock Lakes NWR, Montana

Sunset On Elk Lake Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Out And About Red Rock Lakes NWR

  1. What can I say that I haven’t said before “SPECTULAR” it’s the only word I can think of to describe all the wide open scenery and the beautiful birds and animals you two have captured on film and video. Now I know why people wanted to venture west in the olden days. The mountains, the lakes, the planes capture all the beauty of the state. Thank-you for sharing your dream travels all along the way. It has been such a pleasure viewing and reading all your blogs.

  2. I can see why you love it there, absolutely splendid, the sunset at the end was perfect~
    Where are you “working” four days a week, at this refuge you speak of ?

    • Yes, we are volunteers at Red Rock Lakes NWR for two months. We leave the middle of August for two months of travel then another volunteer stint. If you ever get out to the Yellowstone area do take time to come out here. It’s worth the drive.

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