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Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Woodworth, North Dakota

Recreational Opportunities and Regulations

  • The Refuge is open to firearm and archery deer hunting by foot access only.

  • Pelican viewing is authorized only by Special Use Permit issued by the Refuge Manager.

  • All other entry and activities are prohibited.

Chase Lake Refuge is one of only two wilderness refuges in North Dakota and is home to one of the largest nesting colonies of white pelicans in North America. Pelicans and other colonial bird species nest at the Refuge from April through September and are easily disturbed on their nesting colony. These birds nest on islands which provide them the vital privacy and security needed to successfully reproduce and raise young.

To prevent human disturbance which may lead to increased mammalian and avian predation, a Special Use Permit is required to enter the Refuge and observe the pelicans. Please consult the Refuge Manager for a Special Use Permit and current regulations before entering the Refuge to view the colonies.

A Special Use Permit is not required for deer hunting. Chase Lake Refuge is open to both firearm and archery deer hunting.

Refuge Signs and Their Meaning

Image of WPA sign

Waterfowl Production Areas

Marks the boundary of Waterfowl Production Areas open to hunting and fishing in accordance with State regulations.

Image of Refuge sign

National Wildlife Refuge

Marks the boundary of National Wildlife Refuges or Easement Refuges. Consult Refuge Manager for specific regulations.

Image of Hunting Area sign

Public Hunting Area

Marks the boundary of a National Wildlife Refuge open to hunting.

Image of No Hunting sign

No Hunting Permitted

Marks no hunting in designated areas. Consult Refuge Manager for specific regulations.

Image of Steel Shot Zone sign

Steel Shot Zone

Approved, non-toxic shot is required for all shotgun hunting on National Wildlife Refuges and Waterfowl Production Areas.

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