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Long Lake
National Wildlife Refuge

A group of sandhill cranes stands in a dry agricultural field, feeding on waste grain.  A number of the large, gray birds fly over those feeding on the ground.
12000 353 ST SE
Moffit, ND   58560
E-mail: longlake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-387-4397
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Sandhill cranes are the oldest bird species alive today, existing virtually unchanged for millions of years. The Refuge is a primary fall migration staging area for cranes.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Structured educational programs are available for schools, 4-H clubs, daycare centers, and others interested in visiting the Refuge. Four education trunks offering topics on prairie, wetland, shorebird, and endangered species are available for use in the local area on a reservation basis.

Fishing is allowed during the state fishing season on portions of Long Lake and adjoining Long Lake Creek. Fish species include northern pike, walleye, and bullheads. Boats are not allowed on the Refuge.

Portions of the Refuge are open to white-tailed deer and upland bird hunting during special seasons. Waterfowl Production Areas. managed by Long Lake NWR and spread throughout a three-county area, are open to public hunting in accordance with North Dakota Game and Fish Department regulations.

Interpretive leaflets that include Refuge maps and information about the Refuge, hunting, and fishing are available at the headquarters. Refuge personnel are usually available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm to assist visitors with information on Refuge activities.

Wildlife Observation
The Refuge offers a variety of opportunities including birdwatching, wildlife observation, photography, and picnicking. Optimum periods for viewing waterfowl, water, and shorebirds are September through October and April through May. Many bird species can be seen from public roads on the Refuge. Birdwatchers and photographers may be authorized by the Refuge manager to hike and place viewing blinds within the Refuge. Bird lists and public use guides are available at the Refuge headquarters.

The Refuge is open during daylight hours only. Refuge personnel are usually available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, to assist visitors with information on Refuge activities, 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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