Bobolink resting on plant at Lacreek NWR

A popular component of our public use program is a four and one half mile auto tour route that originates at the Visitor Center. You are welcome to explore places of interest on foot. Large numbers of trumpeter swans and other waterfowl may be observed from October through March. You will also likely see white tailed deer, ring necked pheasants, and many other species depending on the time of year. Pick up a brochure and map at the kiosks located at Refuge entrances.

In addition to the auto tour route that begins at the Visitor Center, the "main" Refuge road from Headquarters to the northeast entrance also passes several wildlife observation hotspots, including a large prairie dog town, the pelican nesting islands, and two of the Refuge's largest wetlands. The Refuge roads that travel to the Trout Ponds provide additional opportunities for wildlife viewing from a vehicle. All roads are gravel and the conditions for travel deteriorate quickly after rainfall or snowmelt events. Check with the Refuge office for road conditions.