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Visitor Activities

large group of people fishing from the fishing pier at Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Clean water. Clean air. Unusual and abundant wildlife. World-class recreation. The Refuge System provides and protects it all on 150 million acres of land and water from the Caribbean to the Pacific, Maine to Alaska. There is at least one national wildlife refuge in every state.

  • Hunting

    child holding two pheasants after hunting

    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.   

    Deer hunting is allowed on the refuge in accordance with regulations and bag limits established by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Special refuge regulations also apply regarding the 3,000 acre closed area. Click on “Hunting Map” link for specific refuge regulations.  

    Upland bird hunting is allowed on the refuge starting the day following the close of the North Dakota firearm deer hunting season. Hunting is allowed through the end of the North Dakota upland bird season. Legal species include ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge. Hunters are not allowed to hunt or retrieve game within the 3,000 acre closed area and must use approved non-toxic shot. Click on “Hunting Map” link for specific refuge regulations.   

     

    HUNTING OF ALL MIGRATORY BIRDS ON LONG LAKE REFUGE IS PROHIBITED!

     

  • Fishing

    twin boy and girl holding large carp they caught while fishing

    In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, the Refuge System offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities. Fishing programs promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on all lands and waters in the Refuge System. Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers help them have a wonderful fishing experience.

    Fishing is allowed during daylight hours on Long Lake Creek and Unit 1. Unit II and Unit III are closed to fishing. An accessible fishing pier is provided on Long Lake Creek. Northern pike and yellow bullhead are the most common fish with an occasional walleye being caught. Click on “Fishing Map” link for specific refuge regulations. All North Dakota Game and Fish Department regulations must be followed.

     

  • Wildlife and Plant Viewing

    man looking through spotting scope viewing wildlife

    Wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors. From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit the 556 National Wildlife Refuges each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds. The National Wildlife Refuge System’s extensive trail system, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.

    Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers many viewing opportunities for birds and wildflowers during the spring, summer and fall. Optimum periods for viewing waterfowl, water, and shorebirds are September through October and April through May. The best times of the day to view the wildlife are usually during the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. Many bird species can be seen from public roads on the Refuge. Walking the refuge to view the wildlife and plants is allowed. The flowering period extends from April through August. Collection is PROHIBITED. Birdwatchers may be authorized by special permit to hike and place temporary viewing blinds within the Refuge. Bird lists and public use guides are available at the Refuge headquarters.
     

  • Interpretation

    Man holding an adult bald eagle in front of an audiance

    National Wildlife Refuges across the country provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. Self-guided hikes and seasonal staff-led events help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitats behind the landscapes. 

    Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides periodic seasonal events. These events are free, geared for youth and adults and provide wildlife viewing opportunities. Events typically coincide with International Migratory Bird Day, National Wildlife Refuge Week and the Annual Christmas Bird Count.

     

  • Environmental Education

    student looking into a microscope

    One of the most important roles National Wildlife Refuges serve is as an outdoor classroom. School groups, day care centers, 4-H clubs and other organizations come to the refuge to learn in and about the natural environment. Refuge lands are available to educators, instructors and students of all ages to increase understanding of the ecological significance of the area and develop a life-long appreciation of wetlands and associated biological diversity.

    Please contact the refuge at 701-387-4397 to schedule a visit. Four education trunks offering topics on prairie, wetlands, shorebirds, and endangered species are available for use in the local area on a reservation basis.

     

  • Photography

    picture of a male northern shoveler caught in mid flight

    National Wildlife Refuges across the country provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. Self-guided hikes and seasonal staff-led events help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitats behind the landscapes.

    Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides periodic seasonal events. These events are free, geared for youth and adults and provide wildlife viewing opportunities. Events typically coincide with International Migratory Bird Day and National Wildlife Refuge Week.
     


     

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Last Updated: Nov 19, 2013
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