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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

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)

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

  • Ice Fishing

    An ice house is set up and ready to use.

    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. Good luck!

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  • Road Conditions at J. Clark Salyer

    Refuge staff clearing the roads at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    We attempt to keep the scenic trail open during the winter months but there may be periods of temporary closure due to snow depth and poor weather conditions. Please call the J. Clark Salyer NWR Office to check current conditions.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Dec 23, 2013
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