Plan Your Visit

The Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. Our mission is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. 

The National Wildlife Refuge System consists of more than 540 refuges. The system encompasses 93 million acres nationwide and is considered the world's most important network of lands dedicated to wildlife. 

Chase Lake refuge is a jewel in the crown of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It contains one of the largest breeding colonies of American White pelicans, approximately one third of the continental population. This area is one of the most productive areas for waterfowl and grassland birds. 

Chase Lake refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique geology and diverse wildlife, whether birding, driving or hiking. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.  Chase Lake Pass (see map) allows visitors to view the vast expanse of Chase Lake, scan for nesting pelicans, and view adult pelicans entering and leaving the Refuge to feed in the regions numerous wetlands.  Visitors access the refuge via Chase Lake Pass. Access Roads are either graveled or prairie trail and visitors must maintain the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge.

Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of only two Wilderness Areas in the National Wildlife Refuge System in North Dakota. 

Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. 

Sport hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. The refuge is open to firearm and archery deer hunting by foot access only.  Hunters should consult the North Dakota state hunting regulations.  

Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.

Other prohibitions on the refuge are dogs off-leash; off-road vehicles; and collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts.  

For more information, please visit the "Contact Us" page for directions or to contact refuge headquarters.