Annual Birding Festival
Lostwood Refuge hosts an annual birding event typically held in June featuring guided tours and prairie wildflower walks.
"Leave No Trace"
The Lostwood Refuge contains a 5,577-acre Wilderness Area. It was established in 1975 to best represent the northern mixed grass prairie.
Interesting FactsMarch 04, 2014
Lostwood NWR has been designated a "Globally Important Bird Area" by the American Bird Conservancy. The Refuge provides breeding habitat for the Great Plains population of the threatened piping plover. Also, many declining grassland-associated bird species, such as Baird's sparrow, benefit from the intensive grassland management programs on the Refuge. Using prescribed burning and grazing, Refuge staff reduce encroachment by exotic plants and woody vegetation. The native mixed-grass community is slowly being restored.Learn More
About the Complex
The Lostwood WMD Complex, located in northwest North Dakota and northeast Montana, encompasses five ND and three MT counties. It is comprised of six National Wildlife Refuges and three WMD's.
Lostwood is managed as part of the Lostwood Wetland Management District Complex.
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About the NWRS
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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- March 04, 2014
The refuge headquarters are open Monday-Friday from 7:00am-4:30pm year round, except Federal holidays.
Fax: (701)848-2702 Lostwood NWR
8315 Highway 8
Kenmare, ND 58746Plan Your Visit
- March 06, 2014
The recently restored, 7 mile long road with turn ins available offers a scenic look at native prairie and unique wildlife. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a brochure that highlights the interesting stops along the route.
- March 06, 2014
Lostwood Refuge offers several hunting opportunities including deer hunting (archery & rifle) and late season upland bird. Biking and hiking trails are available during the summer. A grouse blind located just off the tour route offers visitors a great opportunity to get close with nature.
- April 14, 2014
Please visit the Lostwood Wetland Management District website for information regarding activity outside the refuge.Lostwood WMD
A rare and declining songbird of the northern prairie, Sprague's Pipit is a small bird of the open grasslands. Though it feeds and nests exclusively on the ground, the species performs the longest known flight display of any bird.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Whooping Cranes - Copyright Dillon Belisle
Last Updated: May 02, 2014