Recreational Opportunities and Regulations
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.
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