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    For Educators

    The Refuge is offering variety of programs: field trips, classroom presentations, special events and materials for loan.

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  • Dam 1, also known as Rock Dam, is one of the public fishing areas at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.


    Fishing is permitted in 12 areas according to State fishing seasons and regulations.

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    There are nine Public Hunting Areas at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

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Upcoming Event

International Migratory Bird Day

100 yrs of birds

The Souris River Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex will be celebrating International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and the Centennial of the signing of the International Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The festivities will be held at Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge northwest of the Minot Air Force Base on Saturday May 28, 2016. All activities are free and open to the public. The nature tails, auto tour loop and Lake Darling will be open as usual for visitors to enjoy. We hope to see you there!

Schedule of Events (pdf)

About the Complex

Souris River Basin NWR Complex

The J. Clark Salyer NWR, J. Clark Salyer WMD, and the Upper Souris NWR make up the Souris River Basin NWR Complex.

J. Clark Salyer is managed as part of the Souris River Basin NWR 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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Items of Interest

  • Recent Wildlife Sightings

    Solitary SandpiperMay 06, 2016

    Shorebird season has begun! Pectoral sandpipers, Baird's sandpipers, marbled godwit, solitary sandpiper, willet and various peep species have been spotted out on the mudflats. Common terns, Forester's terns, Franklin's gulls, hermit thrush, orange-crowned warblers, purple martins, fox and mule deer have all been spotted recently too.

  • Visiting Local Schools

    Westhope 4th grade students inspect owl pellets during a USFWS presentation.

    Refuge staff recently visited the Westhope 4th grade class to talk about wildlife. The students were able to take a close look at a variety of animal furs, skulls and ducks. The students had just completed artwork for the 2016 Junior Duck Stamp Contest and a report on the duck of their choice. They were excited to share some of the fun facts that they had learned while doing their research and it was great to see how much they already knew!

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  • Road Conditions at J. Clark Salyer

    Muddy Road

    The main Scenic Trail is open, but road conditions can change daily. Cell phone coverage is spotty at best in and around the Refuge. Please keep a watch on weather conditions and be prepared if you plan to visit. If you have any questions, please call our office at 701-768-2548.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 09, 2016
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