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National Wildlife Refuge

Purple prairie coneflowers and grasses frame a wetland nestled in the James River valley.
7745 11th St. SE
Pingree, ND   58476
E-mail: arrowwood@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-285-3341
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Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge provides vital habitat for migrating waterfowl and other waterbirds and nesting habitat for ducks, sharp-tailed grouse and bobllink.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Refuge staff are available for environmental education activities both on and off the Refuge. Some examples of on-site activities for school classes and other organized groups include Refuge tours, trail walks, marsh explorations, woodland explorations, and other environmental education activities. Programs and activities can be tailored to your particular needs.

Off-site programs can be developed for almost any group and range from general Refuge information programs to presentations on specific topics. Examples of off-site programs include career awareness, endangered species, waterfowl identification, reptiles, and raptors.

Refuge fisheries are sporadic and temporary in nature. Fish occur in Refuge impoundments largely as a result of the Jamestown Reservoir located downstream from the Refuge. Fish enter the Refuge during flood years by traveling upstream from the reservoir. Refuge impoundments are shallow and very productive, but are subject to winterkill, which can limit the fishing opportunities. However, after several years of high water the fishing can be spectacular.

Species present on the Refuge include northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, crappie, bullheads, suckers, and carp. North Dakota Game and Fish Department fishing regulations must be observed on the Refuge. Fishing access is allowed from the bank or via boat in Arrowwood and Jim Lakes (25 HP max). Ice fishing is permitted on Arrowwood and Jim Lakes as conditions permit.

Hunting is permitted in accordance with Federal and state laws. All state regulations apply and state issued licenses are required.

Hunting is permitted for deer, late season upland game birds, fox, and cottontail rabbit. Hunting of other species is not permitted. Legal weapons are bow and arrow, state allowed firearms, and muzzle loaders. Non-toxic shot is required for all shotgun hunting.

Vehicle travel is restricted to public roads and public access trails within the Refuge. Off-road vehicle traffic is strictly prohibited. All interior access trails are closed during the hunting seasons except when retrieving deer. The entire Refuge is open to hunting except the area surrounding the Refuge headquarters. Tree stands are permitted but must be removed daily and cannot be nailed or screwed directly to the tree. Contact the Refuge Manager for current regulations prior to hunting.

Many Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service resources are available that reveal our relationship with our world, examine the natural systems of the planet, and explore the effects of human activity on the landscape. Arrowwood NWR has brochures, leaflets, maps, and other printed materials that are free to interested individuals and groups. Our auto tour route is interpreted with numbered stops and an associated brochure, as is the hiking trail. Traveling displays describing our mission and the Refuge System are also on hand and can be shipped for use anywhere in the state. The Refuge also maintains an excellent reference library and video collection, most of which are available to lend to schools and organizations.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife photography may be pursued almost anywhere on the Refuge. Access to wetlands, woodlands, and grasslands is excellent, and many species of wildlife can be found. A grouse observation blind is available by reservation offering excellent opportunities to photograph dancing sharp-tailed grouse up-close and undetected. Up to three dozen of the birds can be seen as they stomp their feet, shake their wings, and vocalize their intentions to the audience of females surrounding the dancing ground.

Opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural habitat are numerous. Waterfowl, perching birds, owls, hawks, and even eagles, along with deer and other mammals, can be seen along the 5.5-mile auto tour route. Associated with the Warbler Woodland Watchable Wildlife Area is a short, interpreted hiking trail which winds through wooded draws, prairie grasslands, and along the lakeshore affording visitors many opportunities to observe wildlife, especially one of the more than 24 warbler species known to use the Refuge.

Office hours are from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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