Visitor Activities

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Clean water. Clean air. Unusual and abundant wildlife. World-class recreation. The National Wildlife Refuge System provides and protects it all on 150 million acres of land and water from the Caribbean to the Pacific, Maine to Alaska. There is at least one national wildlife refuge in every state.

  • Hunting

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    Slade National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is open to deer hunting only. The Refuge seasons coincide with the North Dakota state seasons.

    Youth Deer Hunting:  Youth deer hunting is allowed on the Refuge during the North Dakota youth deer hunting season in compliance with state regulations.

    Firearm Deer Hunting:  The Refuge season coincides with the North Dakota firearm deer season. Hunters must possess a valid state deer license and unfilled tag for the appropriate hunting zone (2I) established by the North Dakota Game & Fish Department to hunt the Refuge.

    Muzzleloader Deer Hunting:  The Refuge season coincides with the North Dakota muzzleloader deer season. Hunters must possess a valid state license and unfilled tag issued by the North Dakota Game & Fish Department to hunt the Refuge.

    Archery Deer Hunting:  The Refuge season coincides with the North Dakota archery deer season. Hunters must possess a valid license and unfilled tag issued by the North Dakota Game & Fish Department.

    Access: Vehicle travel is not permitted within the interior portions of the Refuge.

  • Wildlife and Plant Viewing

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    Wildlife observation is the most popular activity for Refuge visitors. From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit the 556 National Wildlife Refuges 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.

    Slade NWR offers viewing opportunities of birds and wildflowers during the spring, summer, and fall. Optimum periods for viewing waterfowl, waterbirds, and shorebirds are April through May and September through October. The best times of the day to view the wildlife are usually during the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. Walking the Refuge to view wildlife and plants is allowed. The flowering period extends from April through August. Collection of plants and other items is PROHIBITED. Birdwatchers may be authorized by special permit to place temporary viewing blinds within the Refuge.  Birds listed in the Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Bird List Brochure (987KB PDF) can also be seen at Slade NWR.  A paper bird list brochure can be picked up at the Long Lake NWR headquarters office.

  • Interpretation

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    National Wildlife Refuges across the country provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. Self-guided hikes and seasonal staff-led events help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitats behind the landscapes.

    While no interpretation is offered Slade NWR, Long Lake NWR provides periodic seasonal events. These events are free, geared toward youth and adults, and provide wildlife viewing opportunities. Events typically coincide with International Migratory Bird Day, National Wildlife Refuge Week, and the Annual Christmas Bird Count.

    Please feel free to contact us for more information on interpretive events (701)387-4397.

  • Environmental Education

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    One of the most important roles National Wildlife Refuges serve is as an outdoor classroom. School groups, day care centers, 4-H clubs and other organizations come to refuges to learn in and about the natural environment. Refuge lands are available to educators, instructors, and students of all ages to increase understanding of the ecological significance of the area and develop a life-long appreciation of wetlands and associated biological diversity.

    Currently no environmental education programs are offered at Slade NWR. Please contact the Long Lake NWR at (701)387-4397 to schedule a headquarters visit. Four education trunks offering topics on prairie, wetlands, shorebirds, and endangered species are available for use in the local area on a reservation basis.

  • Photography

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    National Wildlife Refuges across the country provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. Self-guided hikes and seasonal staff-led events help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitats behind the landscapes.  Bring your camera and enjoy photographing the Refuge wildlife and habitats while out exploring.

  • Fishing

    No fishing is allowed on Slade NWR. Fishing is available on Lake Isabel Recreation Area adjacent to the Refuge.