• Visitor Center 300x200 by Brian Rotert/USFWS

    Office and Visitor Center

    Audubon National Wildlife Refuge welcomes visitors to participate in wildlife-dependent recreational activities.

  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp

    Duck Stamps

    Federal Duck Stamps were originally created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl.

    Federal Duck Stamp Office

Visitor Information

Hours of Use and Contact Information

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The office and visitor center are open Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm year round, except Federal holidays. On the weekday prior to a Federal holiday, we may be closed early. Phone: 701/442-5474, Fax: 701/442-5546, Email: audubon@fws.gov Website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/audubon

South Shore Auto Tour Route

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The 8-mile gravel tour route begins near the visitor center and winds along the scenic south shoreline of Lake Audubon. Highlights include views of Lake Audubon, prairie wetlands and grasslands, and opportunities to observe many species of birds, other animals, and plants. Visitors are welcome to leave their vehicle and stroll through the prairie or along the wind-blown shoreline of Lake Audubon. A brochure corresponds with numbered signs along the auto tour route.

Auto Tour Route Brochure

Hunting and Ice Fishing

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Deer hunting (archery, rifle, and muzzleloader), and a late-season upland bird hunt for pheasant, grouse, and partridge are held on the refuge each year. Anglers may ice fish when ice covers the water. There is no open-water fishing on Audubon Refuge. Special regulations apply for the hunting and ice fishing programs. Please consult the Hunting and Ice Fishing Information and Regulations Brochure.

Hunting and Ice Fishing Information and Regulations Brochure

Cooperative Agricultural Agreement Opportunities

Cow Grazing

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking agricultural producers for Cooperative Agricultural Agreements at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex in North Dakota. Grazing on Refuges and WPAs is allowed through the permit process. Areas for grazing change yearly and are dependent upon the habitat condition, permittee access, and water and fence availability. Producers must apply by contacting the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex at 701-442-5474, via email (audubon@fws.gov), or in person at Refuge headquarters (3275 11th Street NW, Coleharbor, ND 58531).

Watching Wildlife

Wildlife Observation Opportunities

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Prairie wetlands and grasslands provide habitat for diverse wildlife species, including 246 birds, 34 mammals, 5 reptiles, 4 amphibians, and 37 fish species. Birdwatching enthusiasts seek out the elusive prairie grassland sparrows, the graceful shorebirds, and a variety of nesting or migrating waterfowl that can be observed on the refuge.

Wildlife Checklist Brochure

About the Complex

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

Learn more about the NWRS