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Grasses and prairie wildflowers blanket the rolling hills at Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge.  The grasses come in many hues, from dark green to golden brown.
8315 Hwy 8
Kenmare, ND   58746
E-mail: Lostwood@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-848-2722
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Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge is an ocean of grasslands with wetlands scattered throughout the landscape.
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Researched sites have had little in the way of artifacts because of the nomadic culture of many tribes. A greater challenge to archaeologists is determining to which tribe the artifacts belonged; literature cites the Assiniboine as the tribe most likely to have occupied this area of North Dakota.

The legend behind the name "Lostwood" is traced to a group of Euro-American homesteaders who needed firewood when they reached this area. They located the only grove of trees, on what is presently Refuge property, and proceeded to cut down enough trees for their needs. A blizzard buried their wood under the snow, hence the name Lostwood. Remington Kellogg, U.S. Biological Survey biologist, visited the Lostwood area in 1910 and recorded these words from early homesteaders: "the ducks on some of the marshes made so much noise at night that they had to get up and shoot to scare them away so that they could sleep."

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