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Des Lacs
National Wildlife Refuge

A panoramic view of Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge shows a vast expanse of grassland with a large wetland.  The wetland is thick with waterfowl floating on its surface.
1 Mile West of Kenmare, County Rd 1A
Kenmare, ND   58746
E-mail: deslacs@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-385-4046
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In the fall, snow goose concentrations can reach 500,000 birds on the Refuge.
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Let’s Go Snowshoeing! Most of you have made your new year’s resolutions already and perhaps you resolved to “get fit”, learn something new or just enjoy life more. Here is a great idea to kick start your resolutions – Let’s Go Snowshoeing! On Saturday, January 29 at 2pm, Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Snowshoeing Program that will allow you to learn snowshoeing fundamentals and the history of snowshoes. Once some of the “basics” are learned, we will venture out in the snow covered prairie and search for signs of wildlife while discussing winter adaptations wildlife use to survive the cold North Dakota winters. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair of ours. Be sure to dress in layers so you can shed a layer when you feel hot and wear warm socks and waterproof boots if you have them. It is also a good idea to bring water to keep hydrated. You will sweat when you snowshoe, so you will need to replenish your body with liquid. And most importantly, don’t forget your camera. It is sure to be a memorable experience you will want to capture for your photo albums! When the hike concludes, warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies at refuge headquarters. In case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed to Sunday, January 30. Please call Jennifer Jewett to register for this program at 385-4046, ext. 221 as class size will be limited.

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