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Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge offers its visitors many opportunities to photograph wildlife and wildlife flowers. Please ask the Refuge staff for specific locations to find certain plants or animals.




  • Hunting

    Portions of the Refuge are open to hunting for sharp-tailed grouse, gray partridge, and deer (archery and rifle).

    Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the Refuge system.

    To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge, contact the refuge manager.

  • Auto Tour Route and Nature Trail

    Travel the 7-mile self-guided auto tour route through the center of the Refuge, open from May through September. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times for viewing wildlife. The auto tour route was recently resurfaced with turn-ins available for photo opportunities.

    Take the 7-mile nature trail from May through September. Enjoy the scenery while getting closer to plants and animals of the prairie.

    See the information kiosk at the Refuge headquarters for more information.

  • Grouse Viewing Blind

    Visit a viewing blind located on one of the Refuge's many sharp-tailed grouse dancing grounds available by phone reservation (best viewing is mid-April to early May). 

    Photograph wildlife and wildflowers, and add to your bird list during your visit. Please ask the Refuge staff for specific locations to find certain plants or animals.

  • Lostwood Wilderness Area

    Experience the prairie much like early settlers did. This area is open for hiking, photography, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. See the special wilderness regulations at Refuge headquarters for more information.

Page Photo Credits — Credit: USFWS
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2014
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