If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your nearest National Wildlife Refuge! From birding to whale watching, viewing speedy pronghorn antelope or slow-moving box turtles, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for Refuge visitors.
Headquarters Hiking Trails - About 1.5 miles of trails now encircle the island around Headquarters. Trails vary in length from less than 400 feet to about 1 mile long. They wind through forests of bur oak, basswood, and green ash, past wetlands, a restored prairie, and follow the lake shore. You'll have a chance to see a variety of songbirds, waterfowl, and perhaps spy a white-tailed deer. The boardwalk and a portion Wood Duck Way are accessible for all visitors. The Ed Fromelt Memorial Fund was used to develop trail signs, maps, and interpretive pamphlets.
Observation Tower - Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's, this 110-foot tower offers stunning views of Refuge lakes and the surrounding area.
Spring Lake Overlook Trail - This short trail to the overlook offers a panorama of four different habitats. Prairie wildflowers paint the trail sides with a constantly changing palette of colors.
Wildlife Observation - Spring (mid-April – May) and fall (Sep-Oct) migration are the peak times to observe large varieties and concentrations of birds. Waubay NWR offers novice and experienced birders opportunities to see wetland, woodland, and grassland species. Visitors can borrow binoculars, a spotting scope or field guides while they are visiting the Refuge. Check Seasons of Wildlife and our current bird list list for more information.