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Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge - Pingree, North Dakota

Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. It is an important link in a chain of refuges extending from the prairie lands of the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo of a canvasback drake - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Located along the James river in east central North Dakota, Arrowwood's 15,934 acres are made up of lakes, marshes, prairie grasslands, wooded coulees, and cultivated fields.

As the river meanders its way across the prairie, it passes through four main water bodies — Arrowwood, Mud, and Jim Lakes, and Depuy Marsh. These are naturally occurring riverine lakes that have had control structures added at their outlets.

Arrowwood is managed primarily to attract waterfowl during migration periods, but also contains excellent habitat for ducks, geese, grebes, and shore birds, along with many other forms of wildlife.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Release Draft Environmental Assessment Regarding the Proposed Transmission Facilities on Grassland and Wetland Easements

Public Scoping Comments on the Environmental Assessment Will Be Accepted Until February 9, 2012

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View Environmental Assessment (39 MB PDF)

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Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge
7745 11th Street SE
Pingree, North Dakota 58476-8308

701-285-3341 (voice)*
701-285-3350 (fax)

* Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may reach the Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge through Relay North Dakota by dialing:

  • 711
  • 1-800-366-6888 (TTY)
  • 1-800-366-6889 (voice)
  • 1-877-366-3709 (speech to speech)
  • 1-800-435-8590 (Spanish services)

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