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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 14 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

Vegetation Training

Vegetation training at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

Biologist Todd Grant recently taught USFWS employees about vegetation identification and sampling methods. Employees will use this knowledge to complete vegetation surveys at their stations this summer.

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

    Water over a Texas crossing on the Scenic Trail at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    Due to high water, the Scenic Trail is closed from the Upham-Willow City road to Stevens Ranch. You can access the southern portion of the trail from Highway 14. Please call our office at 701-768-2548 if you have any questions or if you would like more specific directions for driving the portion of the trail that is open. The Grassland Trail is currently closed due to flooded roads.

    Learn more about the trails at J. Clark Salyer NWR
  • School Group Tours

    School group exploring J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    Two local school groups recently visited J. Clark Salyer NWR to have a tour and learn about wildlife. They identified waterfowl along the Scenic Trail and enjoyed exploring the outdoors.

  • 2013 Christmas Bird Count

    A screech owl perched on a wooden fence during a cold North Dakota day.

    The Annual Christmas Bird Count was held December 18th at the J. Clark Salyer NWR. We had a total of 31 species this year.

    2013 Christmas Bird Count Results (PDF)
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2014
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