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Canoeing 512 x 384Upper Souris NWR is a special place for wildlife and people too. So, go outside and enjoy!

For your enjoyment, we have developed several trails on the Upper Souris NWR. Available trails include five nature trails for walking and hiking, two canoe trails and one auto tour route. Please contact or stop by our office for more information about the location of each trail; we have a trails brochure which contains a map. Please view our trails brochure or contact our office for more information about the location of each trail. You can also access the National Wildlife Refuge System North Dakota Trails website to explore trails on neighboring refuges. 

Oxbow Nature Trail 
Your walk along this trail will take you on either a ½ mile or 1 mile journey through prime river bottom habitat of the Souris River.This trail is hard-surfaced and benches are available along the route. Interpretive signs are provided to increase your enjoyment of this area.  
 
Overlook Nature Trail 
This mowed grass trail winds over the prairie grass-covered hills where a spectacular panoramic view of the Souris River valley will unfold before you. Benches are available.  
 
Pelican Nature Trail 
This trail offers a ½ mile interpretive hike to the Pool A Spillway. You are welcome to use the photo blind at the end of the trail to "hide" and let the wildlife come to you.  
 
Cottonwood Nature Trail 
This trail is named for the large number of cottonwood trees planted in the late 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp. It consists of two mowed grass loops. The first loop is ½ mile long and features a scenic overlook with a bench. The second loop is 1 mile long and continues from the overlook area west through the coulee and around the surrounding ridges.  
 
Centennial Wildlife Nature Trail 
Located at the north end of Renville County Memorial Park, this mowed grass trail meanders through bottomland grasslands. The trail length will depend upon how wet the meadows are, but it will be from 2 to 2½ miles round-trip.  
 
Beaver Lodge Canoe Trail 
This 3 mile (6 miles round trip) trail involves paddling through three ponds and a short section of cattails to get to the Souris River.  
 
Mouse  River Park Canoe Trail 
This is a 5 mile (10 miles round trip) trail located at the northern end of the Refuge.
  
Prairie-Marsh Scenic Drive  
This is a 3 mile, self-guided interpretive auto tour route which provides views of native prairie-covered hills, brush-choked coulees and river bottom marshes. The tour route is closed during the winter when muddy road conditions exist and during North Dakota's State deer gun season.
 
 
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2014
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