Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

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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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News

Whats Happening?

August 11, 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 Jaime_Allen@fws.gov

History of Conservation

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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.”

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Update

Buffalo Lake NWR has now opened up the Auto Tour. Camping is still closed at this time. If you have any questions please contact us.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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