Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

A Place to Enjoy Wildlife

Des Lacs NWR offers high quality opportunities for you to enjoy wildlife- dependent recreation. You can watch sharp-tailed grouse strut from an observation blind. Hiking trails on the Refuge offer chances to see wildlife in natural settings. In winter, these same trails offer great cross country skiing. A scenic auto tour points out historic and natural wonders of the valley. Deer and late season upland game bird hunting opportunities are described in a separate brochure available from the Des Lacs refuge headquarters.

Ring-necked Pheasant

Taskers Coulee is a unique wooded area open during daylight hours for wildlife observation and hiking.

Wood Duck

Refuge headquarters is located one-half mile west of Kenmare on Ward County Road No. 1A. Interesting exhibits explain Refuge history and wildlife. You are invited to stop by and check current information and road conditions.

Des Lacs Named Scenic Backway

Scenic Byway Logologo

Scenic byways and backways are highways or roadways, which feature unique scenic, natural, historic, cultural, archeological and recreational qualities. It provides the opportunity for the traveling public to see and appreciate the many wonders not often seen on regularly traveled roads. State designation of scenic routes creates increased tourism, promotion of local business and increased pride in preserving the qualities that make the State of North Dakota what it is.

Last updated: April 4, 2014
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