As one of only three refuges in the Souris River Basin, Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge serves a critical role in providing quality breeding and nesting grounds for migratory waterfowl and acts as a stop-over resting place during the migrations. It also functions as a refuge for resident wildlife as land use across the state continues to change. Spring visitors can enjoy the courtship dance of western grebes. Four other species of grebes also nest on the Refuge. During the summer, American White Pelicans are easy to spot as they feed on small fish. Broods of ducklings of various ages paddle through the marshes. Giant Canada geese commonly nest on the Refuge, producing between 150 and 200 young annually. We invite you to come and see for yourself.
Location and Contact Information
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, one of 63 refuges in North Dakota, is part of a network of lands that enhance populations of migratory birds and other wildlife that is native to the landscape. Refuge staff work to conserve the ecology and the natural character of the northern plains region.
What We Do
Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which ais established to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species.