Facility Activities

 J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge has a grouse blind that can be reserved so that visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a grouse lek during the spring. The males perform courtship dances on leks each spring. While dancing, pinkish/pale violet air sacs are visible on both sides of the neck and a drumming sound is made by rapidly stomping their feet.

To experience the drumming and dancing of sharp-tailed grouse from our grouse blind, please contact us to inquire about reservations.

It's easy to see why there are so many white-tailed deer on J. Clark Salyer NWR. The marshes, hardwood river bottoms and sandhill prairies offer some of the best and most diverse habitat to be found in the area. Hunters find plenty of deer and not much competition on this 59,000-acre Refuge....

Fishing Regulations

Fishing is allowed in accordance with Federal regulations governing public use on national wildlife refuges as set forth in Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, State regulations, and the Refuge-specific regulations in this brochure....

J. Clark Salyer NWR provides important habitat for thousands of migratory birds. Over 250 bird species are found here, including waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds. The Refuge is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area and is a regional site in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird...

Visitors can enjoy a hiking area at the southern end of the J. Clark Salyer NWR. The Sandhills Walk is an unmarked trail where visitors can explore trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and wildlife. The blue three-petaled spiderwort and prairie wild rose, state flower of North Dakota, are common. The...

Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.

If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge. Whether you choose to walk or drive, you are likely to see something that catches your eye.

Accessible observation platforms are available. 

A trail accessible to those with disabilities including individuals in wheelchairs. These trails include a wide, hard surface without steep inclines.

Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. Contact or visit J. Clark Salyer NWR to inquire about educational opportunities.