Lake Zahl National Wildlife Refuge is a 3,823 acre refuge in Williams County in northwestern North Dakota. Its headquarters is located in Crosby, North Dakota, from where it is administered by the Crosby Wetland Management District. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established Lake Zahl National Wildlife Refuge to provide breeding grounds for migratory birds and other wildlife.

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Lake Zahl National Wildlife Refuge is managed out of the Crosby Wetland Management District Headquarters. The refuge is open to deer and upland game bird hunting (specific regulations apply), photography, and wildlife viewing.

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      About Us

      The prairies of northwest North Dakota are home to an abundance of wildlife. Lake Zahl National Wildlife Refuge lies within the Prairie Pothole Region, otherwise known as the “Duck Factory of North America". A vast expanse of grassland dotted with numerous small wetlands creates a highly productive area for waterfowl production. Despite the widespread land conversion, approximately 50 percent of North America’s breeding waterfowl population is still produced within the Prairie Pothole Region. The refuge was established primarily to protect this waterfowl breeding and nesting habitat.

      What We Do

      The Crosby Wetland Management District manages land in Divide, Burke and Williams counties, North Dakota for the benefit of migratory and resident wildlife. This includes monitoring and actively managing land, maintaining cooperative agreements with private landowners, administration of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wetland and grassland easements, and coordination with partners and stakeholders.

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      Cooperative agriculture — partnering with farmers and ranchers to meet wildlife management objectives — is a long-standing practice on national wildlife refuges (50 CFR 29.2). Cooperative agreements between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and farmers or ranchers may permit grazing by cattle...