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    Annual Birding Festival

    Lostwood Refuge hosts an annual birding event typically held in June featuring guided tours and prairie wildflower walks.

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    "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.

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Interesting Facts

Recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area

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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.

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About the Complex

Lostwood Wetland Management District 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

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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Visitor Information

  • Office Hours and Contact Information

    Lostwood Sign 300 x 200March 04, 2014

    The refuge headquarters are open Monday-Friday from 7:00am-4:30pm year round, except Federal holidays. Phone: (701)848-2722 Fax: (701)848-2702 Lostwood NWR 8315 Highway 8 Kenmare, ND 58746

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  • Auto Tour Route

    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.

  • Recreational Activities

    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.

  • Lostwood Wetland Management District

    April 14, 2014

    Please visit the Lostwood Wetland Management District website for information regarding activity outside the refuge.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Whooping Cranes - Copyright Dillon Belisle
Last Updated: May 02, 2014
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