Plan Your Visit

Northern Shoveler Family

J. Clark Salyer NWR offers a variety of opportunities for wildlife observation, hiking, canoeing, photography, hunting and fishing. The Refuge office is located 2 miles north of Upham, ND off of Highway 14.

Refuge Hours:  5:00 am to 10:00 pm daily

Office Hours:  8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday (except federal holidays)



There are two auto tour routes at J. Clark Salyer - the 22-mile Scenic Trail traverses marsh, riverine, and forest habitat at the southern portion of the Refuge, and the 5-mile Grassland Trail passes through prairie habitat adjacent to a large marsh.  If you enjoy meandering the river in a canoe, check out the 13-mile Souris River Canoe Trail.  The canoe trail is a designated National Recreation Trail.  We also have two hiking trails - the Sandhills Walk and the Bluebird Trail.

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Wildlife Observation 

For scenic views of a marsh, visit the accessible wildlife viewing platform and observation tower near the Refuge headquarters.  In the spring, an observation blind for viewing sharp-tailed grouse breeding displays in the sandhills is available by reservation.  Contact us for more information.

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A number of areas on the Refuge are open to hunting for deer, waterfowl, grouse, partridge, pheasant, wild turkey, and fox in accordance with State seasons and regulations.

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Fishing is permitted in 14 areas according to State fishing seasons and regulations.  Northern pike and walleye are favorite catches.  Ice fishing is permitted on all Refuge waters between December 15 and the end of the State fishing season.

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For driving directions, please visit our maps page.