Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Visitor Information

Hunting and Fishing Update

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on nine national wildlife refuges across the country in 2021. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochures at the link below for information and regulations associated with these activities.

Visitor Activities


An Aphrodite Fritillary feeding on a flower.

Explore nature at J. Clark Salyer NWR. Visitors can choose from two auto tours, a hiking area, and a canoe trail.

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Bird Watching

A male mountain bluebird perched atop a wooden fence post at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.

The Refuge is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area.

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Sharp-tailed Grouse Leks

Sharp-tailed grouse in mating display.

With the coming of warm air and prairie crocuses of spring also comes the annual courtship display of many birds. One of the most unique and easiest to observe is the "dancing" of the sharp-tailed grouse. Each spring, the male sharp-tails return to traditional dancing grounds, or leks, to display their dancing abilities and attract females. Each male has his own little territory on the lek and fights often develop if another invades. After several days or weeks of dancing and courtship, nesting will occur.


A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

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Have you ever been curious about what exactly is a National Wildlife Refuge? Check out this awesome photo tour to find out!

A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

About the Complex

Souris River Basin NWR Complex

J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Souris River Basin NWR 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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