View a Printable version of the Brochure including a Refuge Map
- The Refuge is open daily from 5:00 am until 10:00 pm.
- The Refuge Office and Visitor Center is open weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, except on Federal holidays.
- A section of the North Lake Road is open to vehicles year-round as shown on the map. The Prairie Lake Auto Tour is open to vehicles from May 1 through September 30. All other Refuge trails are closed to vehicles to minimize disturbance to migratory birds.
- The Refuge, east of County Road 12 is open May 1 through September 30 for public access. All other times of the year the Refuge is closed except for hunting during Refuge seasons, including the treebelts north of the Refuge Office and Visitor Center.
- The Point Road is open when passable until November 1.
- No swimming is allowed in Refuge waters.
- The Sprague Lake Unit (except for Sprague Lake) and the portion of the Tewaukon Unit west of County Road 12 is closed January through August to minimize disturbance to wintering, migrating, nesting, and breeding wildlife.
- The collection of all plants, artifacts (bottles, bones, arrowheads), or animals and their parts (antlers, eggs, feathers) is prohibited. Please leave them for others to enjoy.
- PACK IT OUT! The Refuge has a “Pack It Out” trash policy. Help keep your Refuge clean.
- Outdoor grills, tables, a shelter, restrooms, a fishing dock, and a boat ramp are located on the east end of Lake Tewaukon. All facilities are accessible.
- Lake Tewaukon has three boat ramps, and two boat ramps are located on Sprague Lake.
- Kiosks with Refuge information are located at the north boat ramps and east end of Lake Tewaukon, at the Refuge Office and Visitor Center, and at Sprague Lake.
Points of Interest
- Refer to the map below or from the link above of the following points of interest.
- Prairie Lake Auto Tour: This 8-mile auto tour route starts on the North Lake Road and is open from May 1 through September 30. Pull-offs are marked by signs. Pick up an auto tour brochure at the Refuge Office and Visitor Center or at the beginning of the tour route.
- Lake Tewaukon Overlook: Enjoy a scenic view of Lake Tewaukon. Experience flocks of waterfowl, bald eagles, and the beauty of this 1,000-acre lake. The overlook is located off County Road 5 on the south side of the lake.
- Refuge Office and Visitor Center: The Refuge Office and Visitor Center has several interpretive displays including a wetlands diorama, and migratory bird and artifact displays. Brochures and accessible restrooms are also available.
- Tewaukon Peninsula (The Point): A natural land peninsula projects into Lake Tewaukon and is a valued historic site and fishing area.
- White-tail Nature Trail: This ½-mile nature trail starts north of the Refuge Office and Visitor Center and is open from May 1 through September 30. This grass trail loops through several types of wildlife habitat.
- Bank fishing is permitted year-round on Lake Tewaukon and Sprague Lake. Boat fishing is allowed on both lakes from May 1 through September 30.
- Power boating, waterskiing, and jet skiing are prohibited on both lakes.
- All other Refuge waters are closed to fishing.
- All fish species may be kept according to North Dakota State fishing regulations.
- All North Dakota State fishing regulations are in effect.
Wildlife Observation and Photography
- The Refuge, east of County Road 12, is open May 1 through September 30.
- The Prairie Lake Auto Tour and the White-tail Nature Trail are open May 1 through September 30.
- A portable blind for wildlife observation and photography is available for loan. Please contact the Refuge staff at the Refuge Office and Visitor Center for details.
- A Refuge permit is required before setting up a wildlife observation or photography blind.
- A scenic overlook is located on the south side of Lake Tewaukon off County Road 5.
Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge
9754 143½ Avenue, SE
Cayuga, ND 58013
701 / 724 3598
701 / 724 3683 fax
For State relay service
TTY / Voice: 711
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
For Refuge Information
1 800 / 344 WILD