Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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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?

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 and Campground at 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

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

The Auto Tour is open to the public. Campground is still closed at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience

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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