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    Shell Lake's native prairie provides cover for a wide variety of breeding songbirds including Western Meadowlark and Baird's sparrow.

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    In the fall, Shell Lake NWR provides optimal staging areas for migrating waterfowl.

Refuge News & Information

Refuge Facts

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The refuge includes Shell Lake, a 450 acre area of open water that provides excellent habitat for several species of waterfowl.

Visitor Information

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Public use is restricted on Shell Lake National Wildlife Refuge to provide sanctuary for breeding and migratory birds. However, opportunities for wildlife viewing of large concentrations of migratory waterfowl exist from adjacent public roads.

Our Mission

US Fish & Wildlife Service Mission

The US Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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About the Complex

Lostwood Wetland Management District Complex

Shell Lake 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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