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  • Green-wing Day

    Green-wing Day

    This annual event is typically held in early July. Kids of all ages learn a variety of skills and knowledge about the outdoors.

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  • Haunted Hay Ride

    Haunted Hay Ride

    This popular community event is an exciting evening featuring a thrilling ride through the refuge and bonfire afterwards.

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    Visitor Center

    The Des Lacs office features a room full of wildlife displays and an observation deck overlooking part of the refuge.

Interesting Facts

Waterfowl by the Numbers

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Des Lacs NWR is well known for spectacular snow goose populations of 200,000 to 300,000 geese in the fall. The local community of Kenmare hosts the annual "Goosefest" in October to celebrate the fall migration.

About the Complex

Lostwood Wetland Management District Complex

The Lostwood WMD Complex, located in northwest North Dakota encompasses five counties and is comprised of four National Wildlife Refuges and two Wetland Management Districts.

Des Lacs is managed as part of the Lostwood Wetland Management District Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Visitor Information

  • Office Hours and Contact Information

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    The refuge headquarters are open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5:00pm year round, except Federal holidays. Phone: (701)385-4046 Fax: (701)385-3214 Des Lacs NWR 42000 520th St. NW Kenmare, ND 58746

  • Trails and Daily Use

    March 10, 2014

    The refuge features a Canada Goose Nature Trail which runs 7.5 miles through the southern end of Upper Des Lacs Lake. The trail is open to hiking, bicycling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Tasker's Coulee Day Use Area is a unique wooded area consisting of mowed grass nature trails and areas for wildlife observation, hiking, or group events.

  • Auto Tour Route

    March 10, 2014

    This 19-mile auto tour route provides views of the Des Lacs River Valley and is part of the North Dakota Scenic Backways program. Interpretive panels are located along the route and describe Refuge wildlife and habitat. This route offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

  • Hunting

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    The refuge is open to deer hunting, upland bird hunting, and turkey hunting. Hunting is permitted in designated areas during designated hunting seasons with the proper licenses. Non-toxic shot is required for upland game hunting.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.,

Spring Turkey - Copyright Laurie Richardson


Last Updated: Dec 02, 2015
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