Two children looking at a herd of elk from the bed of a carriage in a snowy landscape with mountains in the background

Wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors. From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit the 556 National Wildlife Refuges each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds. The National Wildlife Refuge System’s extensive trail system, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.

Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers many viewing opportunities for birds and wildflowers during the spring, summer and fall. Optimum periods for viewing waterfowl, water, and shorebirds are September through October and April through May. The best times of the day to view the wildlife are usually during the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. Many bird species can be seen from public roads on the Refuge. Walking the refuge to view the wildlife and plants is allowed. The flowering period extends from April through August. Collection is PROHIBITED.