115 Railway Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69631
North Platte National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located eight miles northeast of Scottsbluff in the Nebraska Panhandle. Superimposed over Bureau of Reclamation irrigation projects, the four refuge units consist of: Winters Creek, Lake Alice, portions of Lake Minatare, and Stateline Island (located south of Henry, Nebraska).The North Platte NWR was established by Executive Order under President Wilson on August 21, 1916, as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.Many wildlife species use the Refuge. During the spring and fall, a wide variety of shorebirds and passerines visit the Refuge as a stop during migration. In the summer months, breeding ducks and geese populate the lakes. Red-tailed hawks and northern harriers search the meadows for prey. You can also find white-tailed deer, mule deer, and a variety of resident birds including pheasants and grouse. As many as 20 bald eagles and more than 200,000 waterfowl may concentrate on the Refuge during fall migration. Well over 200 bird species have been observed on the Refuge since 1975. Lake Alice has one of the oldest and most successful bald eagle nests in Nebraska.
Map + Directions
Lake Minatare and Winters Creek: From US Highway 26, travel north on Sugar Factory Road approximately 5 miles to Lake Minatare Road. Turn east and travel approximately 6 miles to Stonegate Road. Turn north on Stonegate, The entrance to Lake Minatare is approximately 2 miles; the Winters Creek entrance is just beyond on the opposite side of the road. Lake Alice: From US Highway 26, travel north on Sugar Factory Road to County Road C (approximately 7 miles). Turn east on County Road C approximately 2 miles to the Lake Alice entrance. Stateline Island: From U.S. Highway 26 at Henry, Nebraska, travel south on Holloway Road approximately 1 mile to the entrance and parking area.