Visitor Activities

Visiting Nature

Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) welcomes you to come and enjoy wildlife related activities. We encourage you to visit and see how our active habitat management provides a place for wildlife.

  • Hunting

    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 appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and habitat needs.

    Controlled hunting, 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 refuge habitat to support.

    Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and management on lands and waters in the Refuge System. The North Dakota Game & Fish Department in conjunction with the US Fish & Wildlife Service set the regulations and limits on game species in the state. To find additional information on North Dakota Hunting and Fishing regulations go to

    To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, contact the refuge manager.

  • Fishing

    In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, the Refuge System offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities. Fishing programs promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on all lands and waters in the Refuge System. Every year, about 7 million fisherman enjoy fishing on National Wildlife Refuges.  In North Dakota fishery biologists from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and ND Game & Fish Department help to provide a wonderful fishing experience on the Refuge.

    Two lakes are open to public fishing year round on Tewaukon NWR. Boat fishing is available from May 1 through September 30 and shore fishing is available all year round. In the winter anglers can enjoy ice fishing on the two lakes. Contact the Refuge Office for specific regulations.


  • Wildlife Viewing

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider visiting Tewaukon NWR! From bird to beaver watching, from viewing brown, secretive prairie birds or colorful warblers, wildlife observation is one of the most popular activities for Refuge visitors. 

    From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit national wildlife refuges each year, especially for the chance to see large concentrations of wildlife and birds. Tewaukon NWRs Prairie Lake Auto Tour, walking trail, and overlooks encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles. For more information about wildlife observation opportunities at Tewaukon NWR, please contact our office.

  • Environmental Education

    Tewaukon NWR serves many purposes, and one of the most important roles is as a outdoor classroom to teach about wildlife and natural resources. Tewaukon NWR offers educators and youth leaders opportunities to explore unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. Youth and adult groups visit every year to learn about a specific topic on wildlife, habitat, or ecological processes.

    Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology? Contact or visit Tewaukon NWR to check on open areas to bring out students. Tewaukon NWR is a wild place, and we want to teach you more about it!

  • Photography

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list. Tewaukon NWR provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, viewing areas, and a tour routes. We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on video, memory card or internal hard drive!