- Red Rock Lakes Wilderness
Infobox_protected_area | name = Red Rock Lakes Wilderness
iucn_category = Ib
locator_x = 65
locator_y = 35
nearest_city = Dillon, MT
lat_degrees = 44
lat_minutes = 37
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 111
long_minutes = 44
long_direction = W
area = 32,350 acres
U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceThe Red Rock Lakes Wilderness is within the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refugein southwest Montana, United States. The wildernessoccupies more than 3/4 of the refuge and was set aside to enhance species preservation, especially for such waterfowlas the trumpeter swan. By the mid 1930's, there were an estimated 69 trumpeter swans remaining in the lower 48 statesand more than half of them were found in the region that is now the wilderness. The creation of the Wildlife Refuge marks one of the earliest attempts to ensure protection for a fast disappearing species and the wilderness designation enhances this habitat's protection status. U.S. Wilderness Areas do not allow motorized or mechanized vehicles, including bicycles. Although campingand fishingare allowed with proper permit, no roads or buildings are constructed and there is also no logging or mining, in compliance with the 1964 Wilderness Act. Wilderness areas within National Forests and Bureau of Land Managementareas also allow huntingin season. However, due to the sensitivity and continued endangerment of the trumpeter Swan, no hunting is permitted within this wilderness.
Consisting of numerous lakes, marshes and other wetlands, a visitor is more likely to see
sandhill cranes, great blue herons and ducks than the elusive trumpeter swan, even though their numbers have increased substantially. Moose, fox, porcupineand skunkare found year round while elk, mule deerand pronghornalso frequent the wilderness. Though less common, black bears are sometimes seen here.
On the western boundary of what is collectively known as the
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the wilderness is also adjacent to Gallatin National Forest. No campingis permitted in this wilderness but there are two nearby campgrounds available in the refuge section not designated as wilderness. Hikingis permitted except in some areas during specific times of the year to protect wildlife.
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