Tours & Trails
The Refuge offers a variety of opportunities for wildlife observation, hiking, canoeing, and photography. There are two auto tour routes - the 22-mile Scenic Trail traverses marsh, riverine, and forest habitat at the southern portion of the Refuge, and the 5-mile Grassland Trail passes through prairie habitat adjacent to a large marsh. If you enjoy meandering the river in a canoe, check out the 13-mile Souris River Canoe Trail. The canoe trail is a designated National Recreation Trail.
Portion of Sceinic Trail & Canoe Trail, Credit: Gary Eslinger/USFWS
For scenic views of a marsh, visit the accessible wildlife viewing platform and observation tower near the Refuge headquarters. In the spring, an observation blind for viewing sharp-tailed grouse breeding displays in the sandhills is available by reservation.
JCS Headquarters, Credit: Gary Eslinger/USFWS