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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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  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
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White Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwestern North Dakota in Slope County, 5 miles east of Amidon, along U.S. Highway 85.

White Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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White Lake National Wildlife Refuge was created by executive order in February 1941. President Franklin D. Roosevelt set aside this land for the U.S. Department of the Interior, as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge's primary objective is the production and conservation of migratory birds and the habitat that supports these species.

Cooperative Agricultural Agreement Opportunities

Cow Grazing

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking agricultural producers for Cooperative Agricultural Agreements at White Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Slope County, North Dakota. Grazing on the Refuge is allowed through the permit process. Areas for grazing change yearly and are dependent upon the habitat condition, permittee access, and water and fence availability. Producers must apply by contacting the Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge at 701-548-8110, via email (, or in person at Refuge headquarters (489 102nd Avenue SW, Dunn Center, ND 58626).

Let's Go Outside Mosaic

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oin the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in creating a photo mosaic! Add your photo of yourself, your family, or your pet in an outdoor activity and be part of the mosaic!

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Contact Us

Contact Information

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White Lake National Wildlife Refuge is closed to the public. This Refuge land is managed by the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 3275 11th St. NW, Coleharbor, ND 58531. Phone: 701/442-5474, Fax: 701/442-5546, Email:, Website: or

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About the Complex

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex

White Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge 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.

Learn more about the NWRS