Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy Wildlife at Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Oshkosh also is a point of departure for Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located deep in the remote and beautiful Sandhills Lakes country. The 46,000-acre refuge is 30 miles north of Oshkosh and includes 21 shallow and scenic natural lakes.

It was established primarily as a migratory bird refuge. Canada geese, snow geese, grouse and pheasants, prairie chickens, owls, eagles, American avocets, black-crowned night herons and ducks are among the 200 bird species observed there. Wildlife photographers, bird watchers, hikers, backpackers, wildflower buffs and other outdoor enthusiasts seek out the Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge to spend time in a landscape nearly unchanged from when the first wagon trains tried to skirt the region of sand, wetlands and grass considered as foreboding to those early travelers.

Attention hunters: the area is rich with grouse, pheasants and mule deer. Anglers enjoy the lakes’ crappie, yellow perch, largemouth bass, bluegill and carp. Colorful box turtles plod along this land, along with harmless bullsnakes which make meals of the region’s kangaroo rats. Panoramic views of the Nebraska Sandhills here provide a glimpse of what early pioneers must have witnessed before settlements were common.

For more information, contact the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission – Click Here.

For more information, contact the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. (308) 772-4500 or (308) 772-4545 or visit