The Refuge is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area.
Fishing is permitted in 12 areas according to State fishing seasons and regulations.
Explore nature at J. Clark Salyer NWR. Visitors can choose from two auto tours, two hiking trails, and two canoe trails.
There are nine Public Hunting Areas at J. Clark Salyer NWR.
To monitor waterfowl populations, Refuge staff conduct duck banding prior to the fall waterfowl hunting season.
Refuge staff recently helped the Bottineau elementary and middle schools with an ice fishing outing. The kids learned about ice fishing, caught a few fish, and enjoyed being outside!
About the 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.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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
The Scenic Trail is open. If you have any questions, please call our office at 701-768-2548.
The Grassland Trail is currently closed due to damage caused by flooded roads.Learn more about the trails at J. Clark Salyer NWR
All Refuge waters are open to ice fishing between December 15 and the end of the State fishing season. Remember that vehicles are only allowed on designated trails. Be sure to read and follow all fishing regulations and pay attention to the constantly changing ice conditions. Contact our office if you have any questions. Learn more
A publication that focuses on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) presence in North Dakota has recently been updated. Information about each of North Dakota's 63 National Wildlife Refuges and 11 Wetland Management Districts is included in this publication, along with maps and descriptions of various USFWS programs. Click on the link below to view the publication.U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in North Dakota (PDF)
North Dakota has nine different owl species, although only four of them commonly nest here.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2015