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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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  • Pheasants 150x118


    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

Ice Fishing Fun

Refuge staff help the Bottineau after school group with an ice fishing activity.

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

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
  • Ice Fishing

    Ice fishing on the Mouse River 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.

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  • USFWS in North Dakota

    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)
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2015
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