Plan Your Visit

Des Lacs Sign 512 x 300

The term "Des Lacs" is French for "of the lakes."

Getting there...

The Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge headquarters is located 1 mile west of Kenmare, North Dakota, off Ward County Road 1. A large entrance sign is situated at the junction of County Roads 1 and 1A. Kenmare is located 50 miles northwest of Minot on U.S. Highway 52.

Visitor Information:
 There is a small visitor center with wildlife displays featuring bird mounts, antler sheds, furs, and interactive displays. There is also an observation deck equipped with binoculars for your viewing pleasure. The observation deck is a great place to take pictures. 

 The office and visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm year-round, except Federal holidays. 

 Contact Information:

Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge 

Headquarters Address:   
42000 520th Street, NW
Kenmare, ND 58746 

Phone: 701-385-4046
Fax: 701-385-3214 

Project Leader:               
Chad Zorn
701-385-4046, x225


For questions about recreation, check out our Visitor Activities Page