Devils Lake Wetland Management District
Mountain-Prairie Region

Devils Lake District National Wildlife Refuges

Sullys Hill National Game Preserve

Sullys Hill National Game Preserve is located in Benson County on the south shore of Devils Lake near the town of Devils Lake. Consisting of 1,674 acres of wooded hills and open meadows, it is one of four refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for American bison and elk.

Sullys Hill enjoys a rich natural and cultural history. Archaeologists have found evidence that suggests Sullys Hill was an important hunting and camping area for indigenous Indian tribes. The largest hill in the preserve was named for General Alfred Sully, leader of the expedition into the region in 1867. President Theodore Roosevelt set aside Sullys Hill as a National Park in 1904, and in 1917 and 1918, bison, elk, and deer were reintroduced to Sullys Hill, establishing the big game herds. Sullys Hill was transferred from the National Park Service to the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1931.

Wooded, glacial moraine hills and native grasslands are a picturesque home for bison, elk, white-tailed deer, prairie dogs, turkeys, waterfowl, and other native wildlife. Visitors are welcome to use the nature trail, visitor center, and classrooms year-round. The auto tour route is open from 8 a.m. until posted times May through October. Visitors can enjoy two cross country ski trails when snow is present.

Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge

Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge is located in Ramsey and Towner Counties near the town of Churchs Ferry. Long recognized as a major waterfowl concentration point during spring and fall migrations, Lake Alice supports significant numbers of nesting waterfowl. Hundreds of thousands of snow geese, Canada geese, and ducks use the lake and surrounding lands each year.

The Refuge was first established in 1935 as a easement refuge. Lands within the Refuge were privately owned, and no hunting was allowed. In 1972, the Fish and Wildlife Service purchased 8,600 acres of the original easement refuge. The Service now manages 11,200 acres at Lake Alice.

Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge is managed for waterfowl production, and for protection and improvement of wetland and wildlife habitat. The Refuge provides excellent opportunities for wildlife-oriented activities, including bird watching, hunting, photography, and the enjoyment of native wetland wildlife in its natural habitat.

Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge

Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge is located 8 miles west of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The refuge was established in 1936 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Visitors can view and learn about wildlife from the overlook and auto tour route.

Stump Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Stump Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located about 10 miles southwest of Lakota in Nelson County. The refuge was once a series of islands used as safe breeding areas for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Due to rising lake levels from Devils Lake overflow, the refuge is now under water.

Last updated: March 24, 2011