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The State Recreation Area of Deadman's Basin, a few miles west of Ryegate offers camping, fishing boating and swimming. South of Ryegate is Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Big Lake Complex, a large drainage area beginning with Hailstone to the north and ending at Big Lake to the south. This area is one of the most productive areas in central Montana for waterfowl. The refuge includes a large alkaline lake and surrounding habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, pronghorns, and prairie dogs. Public use of the refuge is limited to bird watching and hiking, as it is intended as a sanctuary wildlife. Walk-in access is through the north boundary.
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