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  • Visitor Center 300x200 by Brian Rotert/USFWS

    Office and Visitor Center

    Audubon National Wildlife Refuge welcomes visitors to participate in wildlife-dependent recreational activities.

  • Shooting Air Rifle 300x200 by USFWS

    Calendar of Events 2017

    Click on the calendar of events to find opportunities for families to participate in.

    Calendar of Events and Visitor Opportunities 2017

  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp

    Duck Stamps

    Federal Duck Stamps were originally created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl.

    Federal Duck Stamp Office

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in ND

    Learn about National Wildlife Refuges, Wetland Management Districts and other offices in ND.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in North Dakota

Watching Wildlife

Wildlife Observation Opportunities

American Avocet 61x61 by Craig Bihrle

Prairie wetlands and grasslands provide habitat for diverse wildlife species, including 246 birds, 34 mammals, 5 reptiles, 4 amphibians, and 37 fish species. Birdwatching enthusiasts seek out the elusive prairie grassland sparrows, the graceful shorebirds, and a variety of nesting or migrating waterfowl that can be observed on the refuge.

Wildlife Checklist Brochure

About the Complex

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Complex Graphic

The Audubon Complex includes 6 fee title refuges, 6 limited interest easement refuges, 123 waterfowl production areas, and wetland and grassland conservation easements on private land.

Audubon is managed as part of the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge 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

  • Hours of Use and Contact Information

    Exhibit Hall 61x61 by Brian Rotert/USFWS

    The office and visitor center are open Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm year round, except Federal holidays. On the weekday prior to a Federal holiday, we may be closed early. Phone: 701/442-5474, Fax: 701/442-5546, Email: Website:

  • Driving Directions

    Audubon National Wildlife Refuge is located in central North Dakota, approximately 45 miles south of Minot or 65 miles north of Bismarck. More specifically, the office and visitor center is located 3 miles north of Coleharbor, ND on Highway 83 and 1 mile east.

  • South Shore Auto Tour Route

    Auto Tour Route 150x118 by USFWS

    The 8-mile gravel tour route begins near the visitor center and winds along the scenic south shoreline of Lake Audubon. Highlights include views of Lake Audubon, prairie wetlands and grasslands, and opportunities to observe many species of birds, other animals, and plants. Visitors are welcome to leave their vehicle and stroll through the prairie or along the wind-blown shoreline of Lake Audubon. A brochure corresponds with numbered signs along the auto tour route.

    Auto Tour Route Brochure
  • Hunting and Ice Fishing

    Deer Hunters 61x61 by USFWS

    Deer hunting (archery, rifle, and muzzleloader), and a late-season upland bird hunt for pheasant, grouse, and partridge are held on the refuge each year. Anglers may ice fish when ice covers the water. There is no open-water fishing on Audubon Refuge. Special regulations apply for the hunting and ice fishing programs. Please consult the Hunting and Ice Fishing Information and Regulations Brochure.

    Hunting and Ice Fishing Information and Regulations Brochure
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., American Avocet Photo Courtesy of Craig Bihrle
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2017
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