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    Bald Eagles at Kirwin

    Find out more about these majestic and fascinating birds of prey.

    Bald Eagle

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    Migratory Waterfowl

    Spring and fall are the best times to visit Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge to view migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and song birds.

    Migratory Waterfowl

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    Grassland Birds

    Kirwin NWR provides habitat for a variety of native grassland birds.

    Grassland Birds

Hunting at Kirwin

Hunting at Kirwin

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Many opportunities are available for the hunting enthusiast.


Fishing at Kirwin


Ice Fisherman

Under high water conditions, the Refuge offers outstanding fishing opportunities for crappie, walleye and catfish.


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 at Kirwin NWR

  • Archery Deer Hunting

    September 05, 2014

    The application window for Archery Deer Hunting at Kirwin NWR is closed. Click on the link below to view successful applicants.

    Successful Archery Applicants
  • Current Conditions

    February 20, 2015

    Seasonal Boat Closure – In Effect As of October 1st, the the Seasonal Boat Closure will be in effect at Kirwin NWR until April 1st. As a component of our Comprehensive Conservation Plan, under low water conditions (<1722 feet), a seasonal boat closure will be implemented on the majority of the reservoir October 1 to April 1. The current reservoir level is 1715.05, approximately six feet below the threshold. Seasonal Road Closure – In Effect As a component of our Comprehensive Conservation Plan, some roads on Kirwin NWR are subject to limited or restricted access. The Seasonal Road Closure will be in effect from October 1st-April 1st. Areas included but not limited to: North Refuge Road, Willow Flats, Quillback Cove, and Prairie Dog Town.

    Waterfowl Survey as of 2-20-2015
  • Hours of Operation

    The Visitor Center at Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for Federal Holidays. The refuge is open to the public at all times.

  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service's Private Lands Program can provide a common sense approach to habitat management, provide support for wildlife, agriculture and rural lifestyles through financial and technical assistance.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2015
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