• Western Kingbird 140 x 105


    The Refuge provides opportunities to observe many bird species.


  • White-tailed deer 150 x 116


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


  • Trails 150 x 102


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


  • Fall fishing 150 x 101


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


Items of Interest

Water Management

Dam aerial view 150 x 110

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

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Dancing of the sharp-tailed grouse

Sharp-tailed grouse 150 x 112

With the coming of Spring's warm air, also comes the annual courtship display of many birds; among them the sharp-tailed grouse.

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Special Fishing Day

Special Fishing Day 150 x 131

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

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USFWS Offices in ND

Duck marsh 150 x 112

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

USFWS Offices in ND (pdf)
Refuge Happenings

Ice Fishing Access Changes

UTV ice fishing access

Beginning with the 2018 ice fishing season, Upper Souris NWR will begin allowing ATV's, UTV's and snowmobiles on Lake Darling from south of Carter Dam to Lake Darling Dam. Access to Lake Darling for off-road vehicles will be at the same access points as those used for standard vehicles, and restricted for the purpose of ice fishing only. State law requiring registration and insurance will also apply.

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


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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