Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

  • Western Kingbird 140 x 105

    Birding

    The Refuge provides opportunities to observe many bird species.

    Birding

  • White-tailed deer 150 x 116

    Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in designated areas and during designated hunting seasons for deer, partridge, grouse and pheasant.

    Hunting

  • Trails 150 x 102

    Trails

    The Refuge offers five nature trails, two canoe trails and a self-guided auto tour route.

    Trails

  • Fall fishing 150 x 101

    Fishing

    Upper Souris is a popular destination for shore fishing, boat fishing and ice fishing.

    Fishing

Items of Interest

Water Management

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Water level management is an important tool at Upper Souris NWR.

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Special Fishing Day

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A fishing day is held annually at the Refuge for individuals with special needs.

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USFWS Offices in ND

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This publication focuses on the US Fish and Wildlife Service presence in North Dakota.

USFWS Offices in ND (pdf)
Refuge Happenings

Fall Activities

Fall fishing

Fall can be a great time to spend time at your local refuge; our scenic drive is open until the first day of deer gun season, our trails are open and shore fishing is allowed in several areas.

About the Complex

Souris River Basin NWR Complex

Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Souris River Basin NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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