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. The Refuge maintains a Globally Important Bird Area designation by the American Bird Conservancy and Audubon Society. Congress set aside a 5,577 acrewithin the Refuge in 1975, to protect a representative sample of northern mixed grass prairie in the Missouri Coteau. The Refuge provides important habitat for migratory birds as a breeding ground and stopping point along their great migration and provides habitat for a wide variety of native, resident species.
Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of wildlife dependent recreational opportunities including: hunting, birdwatching, wildlife observation, hiking, and photography. Please ask the Refuge staff for information regarding specific plant or animal species.
The Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge maintains the Prairie hiking trail, a 7.5-mile loop which has been designated as a national scenic trail.
Prairie Hiking Trail
- Open May through September
- The trail traverses rolling hills and lush wetlands, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the Prairie Pothole Region.
- Easy to moderate hiking
- Gravel and two-track grass surfaces
- The trail can be accessed along the west side of the auto tour route