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  • A male mountain bluebird perched atop a wooden fence post at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    Bird Watching

    The Refuge is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area.

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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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  • An Aphrodite Fritillary feeding on a flower.


    Explore nature at J. Clark Salyer NWR. Visitors can choose from two auto tours, two hiking trails, and two canoe trails.

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

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  • Duck Banding

    Duck Banding

    To monitor waterfowl populations, Refuge staff conduct duck banding prior to the fall waterfowl hunting season.

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Recent Events

2014 Christmas Bird Count

A Snowy Owl spotted by one of the groups that participated in the 2014 CBC.

Volunteers and refuge staff participated in the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at J. Clark Salyer NWR. For more information, please contact our office.

2014 CBC Results (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

  • Road Conditions at J. Clark Salyer

    The Scenic Trail entrance with a dusting of snow at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    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
  • Hunting Season

    A whitetail buck at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    J. Clark Salyer NWR offers a quality hunting experience for deer, turkey, grouse, partridge, pheasant, fox, and waterfowl in accordance with State regulations. Please familiarize yourself with our Hunting Regulations brochure and contact us if you have any questions.

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Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015
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