The Refuge provides opportunities to observe many bird species.
Hunting is permitted in designated areas and during designated hunting seasons for deer, partridge, grouse and pheasant.
The Refuge offers five nature trails, two canoe trails and a self-guided auto tour route.
Upper Souris is a popular destination for shore fishing, boat fishing and ice fishing.
The Souris River Basin NWR Complex is available to host school field trips. We have some fun, educational activities that can be tailored to fit content standards and learning objectives. It can be a great opportunity to get out of the classroom and explore nature on one of our trails with a scavenger hunt. Programs are available at both J. Clark Salyer NWR and Upper Souris NWR. Contact the Refuge Ranger at 701-768-2548 ext. 125 for more information.
About the Complex
The Upper Souris NWR, the J. Clark Salyer NWR and the J. Clark Salyer WMD make up the Souris River Basin NWR Complex.
Upper Souris is managed as part of the Souris River Basin NWR Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Items of Interest
Water level management is also an important tool at Upper Souris NWR.Learn more
With the coming of Spring's warm air, also comes the annual courtship display of many birds; among them the sharp-tailed grouse.Learn more
A fishing day is held annually at the Refuge for individuals with special needs.Learn more
This publication focuses on the US Fish and Wildlife Service presence in North Dakota.USFWS Offices in ND (pdf)
While Lake Darling was originally intended as a water supply reservoir for downstream refuges, it has become a productive fishery and important fall staging areas for snow geese.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2017