The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge has its headquarters in Lewistown, Montana. The nearest large city is Billings, 270 miles (435 km) away. The refuge surrounds Fort Peck Reservoir and is 915,814 acres (370,617 hectares) in size. It is the second-largest National Wildlife Refuge in the lower 48 states of the United States, and the largest in Montana. Camping is allowed. A stargazer wrote, “Yellowstone and Glacier both have dark skies, but both are crowded spring through fall. The darkest part of Montana is actually the native prairie on the eastern side of the state. Explore the refuge and the nearby American Prairie Reserve.”
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