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Chase Lake
National Wildlife Refuge

A flock of American white pelicans sit closely together in the grass under a bright sky.
5924 19th Street SE
Woodworth, ND   58496
E-mail: chaselake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-752-4218
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Refuge staff are available for educational activities both on and off the Refuge. On-site activities include school classes and other organized groups enjoying tours of the Refuge or environmental education lessons on waterfowl identification, birding, plant identification, and other topics. Off-site activities can be developed for almost any group and range from general Refuge information programs to presentations on specific subjects. Please contact the Refuge staff for more information or to schedule a program.

The Refuge is open to deer hunting in accordance with state and Federal laws. Hunting of other species is not allowed. Legal weapons are bow and arrow and state allowed firearms. Vehicle use is strictly prohibited. Hunting from horseback is not allowed.

While taking in the sights and sounds of the Refuge at the Chase Lake Pass, you can stop and read the interpretive displays. The displays provide visitors with information about the Refuge, landownership surrounding the Refuge, the Prairie Pothole Region, and pelicans. Visitors can also obtain a variety of brochures, maps, and other printed material at the Refuge headquarters.

Wildlife Observation
Photography may be pursued almost anywhere on the Refuge. Access to wetland and grassland habitats is excellent and many scenic wonders can be found. Numerous bird species, fascinating wildflowers and grasses, and impressive landscapes can be found everywhere you look. Permits to enter the Refuge are needed and can be obtained by contacting the Refuge staff.

The scenic 5-mile prairie trail drive leading up to the Refuge winds across rolling hills of native prairie grasslands and allows for great opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural settings. Rare grassland birds such as the Baird's sparrow and Sprague's pipit, numerous waterfowl species, hawks, owls, deer, and other mammals can be seen along this drive. Once you reach the northwest corner of the Refuge, there is a hilltop that provides a great view of the entire Refuge. This area is known as the Chase Lake Pass. Here you can observe thousands of pelicans sailing in graceful flights gathering food and returning to feed their young.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

The Refuge headquarters is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

The scenic drive and outdoor facilities are open daily, dawn to dusk.

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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