Visitor Activities

Office and Visitor Center 512x219 by Brian Rottert

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge offers unique opportunities to observe and learn about wildlife and habitat.


  • Office and Visitor Center

    Exhibit Hall 150x118 by Brian Rottert

    The visitor center is fully accessible and features exhibits on prairie wetland and grassland habitat, migratory birds, night life of the refuge, John James Audubon, and refuge history.  

    A self-guided 'Green Building Tour' is available to visitors who would like to learn about the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 'Gold' certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. To earn the LEED gold certification, the building met a long list of standards for energy conservation, on-site renewable energy production, water efficiency, the use of recycled materials, and indoor environmental quality and control.  

    The visitor center is located 3 miles north of Coleharbor, North Dakota, on U.S. Highway 83 and 1 mile east of the highway. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm year-round, except Federal holidays. On the week day prior to a Federal holiday, we may be closed early.

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  • South Shore Auto Tour Route

    Auto Tour Route 150x118 by USFWS

    An 8-mile gravel auto tour route begins near the visitor center and winds along the scenic south shoreline of Lake Audubon. Highlights include views of the lake, prairie wetlands, grasslands, and opportunities to observe many species of birds, mammals, and plants. 

    Spring and fall migration are peak times to observe large concentrations of birds on Lake Audubon and in adjacent wetlands. An auto tour route brochure interprets signs along the way.

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  • Prairie Nature Trail

    Prairie Nature Trail 150x118 by USFWS

    A 1-mile, self-guided nature trail begins on the north side of the visitor center. This nature trail winds through grasslands and along wetlands, allowing visitors to observe many species of native grasses and wildflowers, birds, and other animals. Early mornings and evenings are best for viewing wildlife. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the nature trail.

  • Hunting

    Pheasant Hunting 150x118 by Craig Bihrle

    The refuge is open to hunting for deer (archery, rifle, and  muzzle loader), and for late season  pheasant, grouse, and partridge hunting. Special regulations apply - please see the Hunting and Ice Fishing brochure for regulations and a map.

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  • Ice Fishing

    Ice Fishing 150x118 by Craig Bihrle

    Walleye, perch, and northern pike are popular game fish in Lake Audubon. Ice fishing is permitted while ice covers the water. There is no open-water fishing on the refuge portion of Lake Audubon. Please see the Hunting and Ice Fishing brochure for regulations and a map.

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