Visitor Activities

A burrowing owl sitting near it's hole at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.


J. Clark Salyer NWR offers a variety of opportunities for wildlife observation, hiking, canoeing, and photography.


  • Bird Watching

    A Baird's Sparrow singing in the grasslands.

    J. Clark Salyer NWR is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area and is a regional site in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.

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  • Environmental Education

    A group of kids enjoying a trip to the Refuge.

    Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. Contact or visit J. Clark Salyer NWR to inquire about educational opportunities.

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  • Fishing

    The Dam I Fishing Area at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    For a great place to reconnect with a favorite childhood activity or to try it for the first time, make plans to fish at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

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  • Hunting

    A hunter with his buck after a successful hunt.

    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciate of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.

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  • Interpretation

    The kiosk outside the J. Clark Salyer NWR office offers information to visitors.

    A variety of informational brochures are available at the J. Clark Salyer NWR headquarters. Refuge staff are also available to answer questions during normal office hours.

  • Photography

    A Prairie Lily in bloom at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography.  We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive! 

  • Trails

    The south end of the Scenic Trail at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    J. Clark Salyer NWR has two auto trails, two hiking trails, and a canoe trail for visitors to enjoy.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    A red fox hunting in the prairie.

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to J. Clark Salyer NWR. Whether you choose to walk or drive, you are likely to see something that catches your eye.

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