Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 and is one of over 565 refuges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge contains large tracts of northern mixed grass prairie that provide important habitat for nesting waterfowl and other grassland dependent birds.
Auto-Tour is Now Open!

The auto-tour has reopened for the season. Please stop by the refuge headquarters for more information.

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Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge is a prairie gem, containing one of the largest publicly owned tracts of northern mixed grass prairie in the United States. Wildlife dependent recreation opportunities such as hunting, bird watching, wildlife observation, hiking, and photography abound! Go explore the "visit us" tab for more specific information and feel free to contact the Refuge staff for information regarding specific plant or animal species.

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      About Us

      Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge has the largest public-owned tracts of northern mixed-grass prairie that are left in existence. This glacial-formed landscape, located in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region of North America, is a vital breeding, nesting, and resting ground for migratory birds. Many resident wildlife species also make their home here year-round.

      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 a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
      A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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      is 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.