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Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Woodworth, North Dakota
   

Grasslands

The 4,385 acre Refuge is composed of 50 percent water and 50 percent upland. About 2,330 acres consists of mixed-grass prairie in addition to tame grasses and legumes. The mixed-grass prairie is a mixture of short and mid-grasses dominated by blue grama and green needlegrass, with many species of wildflowers.

Photo of a prairie flower - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo of a prairie flower - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Chase Lake is at the center of one of the largest roadless blocks of native prairie left in the Upper Great Plains. An extensive tract (10,000 acres) of native grassland surrounds Chase Lake. Adjacent to Chase Lake is a unique xeric (dry) mixed-grass prairie containing a plant community unique to North Dakota and the Great Plains.

Photo of a prairie trail - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Rick Bohn
Prairie trail to Chase Lake NWR.






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