Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge is 24 mi. n. on SR 16 to 223 N. Shore Rd. A nesting place for waterfowl and shorebirds, the 31,702-acre refuge houses about 230 species of birds at various times of the year. Fishing and hunting for waterfowl, upland game birds and deer are permitted in season; obtain maps and information at refuge headquarters, 1 mile south and 2 miles east of Medicine Lake. An automobile tour route runs from SR 16 along the northern boundary of the refuge to East Lake Highway.
The condition of the gravel roads throughout the refuge is usually good but temporary closures may occur if rain or snow cause the roads to become hazardous. During hunting season (September 1 through late December), a portion of the wildlife drive is closed to protect migratory birds, although you may still access the east section of the wildlife drive via East Lake Highway.