Visitor Activities

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Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge offers its visitors many opportunities to photograph wildlife and wildlife flowers. Please ask the Refuge staff for specific locations to find certain plants or animals.




  • Hunting

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

    As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management. For example, because their natural predators are gone, deer populations will often grow too large for the habitat to support.

    Portions of the Refuge are open to hunting for sharp-tailed grouse, gray partridge, and deer. Please consult the Lostwood NWR Hunting Regulations sheet for information and special regulations. 

    To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons, and regulations within the state, visit the North Dakota Game & Fish Department website

    To learn more about hunting on National Wildlife Refuges, check out our Guide to Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges

  • Wildlife Viewing

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider visiting refuge lands! From birding to whale watching, from viewing speedy pronghorn antelope or slow-moving box turtles, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge lands visitors.

    From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds. The National Wildlife Refuge System’s extensive trail system, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.

    At Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge, you can view a vast array of wildlife by traveling the 7-mile self-guided auto tour route through the center of the Refuge, open from May through September. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times for viewing wildlife, and built in turn-off points at each informative stop gives visitors great photo opportunities. 

    Want to take a stroll through native prairie and experience wildlife in their own habitat? Hike through the 7-mile nature trail, open from May through September. Enjoy the scenery while getting closer to plants and animals of the prairie.

    For more information and brochures, visit the kiosk at the Refuge headquarters or contact the Refuge Manager.

    Check out our Lostwood NWR Birding Guide for more information on great birding locations in the area.

  • Grouse Viewing Blind

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    Visit a viewing blind located on one of the Refuge's many sharp-tailed grouse dancing grounds available by phone reservation (best viewing is mid-April to early May). 

    Photograph wildlife and wildflowers, and add to your bird list during your visit. Please ask the Refuge staff for specific locations to find certain plants or animals.

  • Lostwood Wilderness Area

    Experience the prairie much like early settlers did. This area is open for hiking, photography, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. See the special wilderness regulations at Refuge headquarters for more information.