Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.


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    Get Outside

    Walking trails, blinds and an 11-mile auto tour route offer many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the refuge.

    Visitor Activites

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    Refuge Gallery

    Enjoy images of wildlife you will find on the Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

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March 27, 2020

In keeping with guidance from the White House and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending operations of the Visitor Center, Campground, and Auto Tour at the Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Walking,Jogging, and Biking is allowed on the main roads and hiking on the hiking trails. The Prairie Dog Unit (accessible from hwy 168) will remain open. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and you --our friends and neighbors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including camping and the auto tour will be closed to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available. More Information is available by calling 806-674-4266 or email

History of Conservation


In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 53 federal reserves he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. The 26th president was a dedicated naturalist throughout his life and is considered by many to have been the country’s “Conservationist President.” It was in the infancy of the Refuge System when President Roosevelt said, “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.”

The National Wildlife Refuge System
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Seeking Public Comment

The refuge is proposing to open hunting for limited Dove, Quail, and Pheasant. The public is being invited to provide information that hould be considered in the refuges Hunt Plan. Comment period ends May 15, 2020

Read the documents and submit comments

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