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Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

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    Lostwood is One-of-a-kind

    The Refuge has 14,469 acres of mixed grass prairie, which is the largest tract of this habitat type managed by USFWS.

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    "Leave No Trace"

    The Lostwood Refuge contains a 5,577-acre Wilderness Area. It was established in 1975 to best represent the northern mixed grass prairie.

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  • Federal Duck Stamp 2005-2006

    Federal Duck Stamp

    Federal Duck Stamps were originally created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl.

Refuge Information

Office Hours and Contact Information

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The refuge headquarters are open Monday-Friday from 7:00am-4:30pm year round, except Federal holidays. Phone: (701)848-2722 Fax: (701)848-2702 Lostwood NWR 8315 Highway 8 Kenmare, ND 58746

Plan Your Visit

Auto Tour Route

December 9, 2014

Visit and enjoy the sights and sounds of the native prairie by traveling the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) auto tour route. The rolling hills and lush wetlands of Lostwood NWR and the surrounding area have much to offer - waterfowl, songbirds, scenic vistas, and more. Open from May through September, grab the auto tour route leaflet from the headquarters office, and follow along as Lostwood's history unfolds before your eyes.

Auto Tour Route

Recreational Activities

December 9, 2014

There are many ways to enjoy Lostwood NWR, but it is important to remember that the needs of wildlife come first. Some of the activities you can do or places you can visit include: hiking, photography and wildlife viewing, hunting, and traveling along the 7-mile self-guided auto tour route. We also have a grouse viewing blind, where one can experience the Refuge's many sharp-tailed grouse dancing grounds available by phone reservation (best viewing is mid-April to early May). Portions of the Refuge are open to hunting for sharp-tailed grouse, gray partridge, deer, and moose. See the special hunting regulations at the Refuge headquarters for more information.

Recreational Activities
Interesting Facts

Recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area


Lostwood NWR has been designated a "Globally Important Bird Area" by the American Bird Conservancy. The Refuge provides breeding habitat for the Great Plains population of the threatened piping plover. Also, many declining grassland-associated bird species, such as Baird's sparrow, benefit from the intensive grassland management programs on the Refuge. Using prescribed burning and grazing, Refuge staff reduce encroachment by exotic plants and woody vegetation. The native mixed-grass community is slowly being restored.

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About the Complex

Lostwood Wetland Management District Complex

Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Lostwood Wetland Management District Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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