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National Wildlife Refuge

Young ducklings sit in a grassy nest lined with their mother's downy feathers.
3275 11th St. NW
Coleharbor, ND   58531
E-mail: audubon@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-442-5474
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The prairie pothole region provides vital waterfowl breeding habitat.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Several special educational events are hosted by the Refuge staff on an annual basis: birdwatching classes, boat tours to nesting islands, goose banding, hunting education day, and bird nest box building. Outdoor educational programs are conducted for small groups by special reservation.

Ice fishing is permitted as soon as ice covers the water through March 31. Walleye, perch, and northern pike are popular game fish in Lake Audubon. Please see the ice fishing information sheet and map for detailed information on ice fishing available at the Refuge headquarters.

Hunting on the Refuge is permitted for deer, pheasant, grouse, and partridge. Special regulations apply. Please see the hunting information sheet and map for detailed information on hunting.

The Refuge visitor center is an ideal place to begin your visit. Displays and exhibits feature wetlands, native prairie, and wildlife that can be observed on the Refuge. Brochures are available to provide information on management and recreational activities, wildlife, and other natural resources. Refuge staff are available to answer questions to make your visit safe and enjoyable.

Wildlife Observation
Spring and fall migration are peak times to observe many wildlife species and concentrations of birds. Early morning or evening is best for viewing wildlife. Please see the Refuge wildlife list for information on wildlife species found on the Refuge. A 1-mile long, self-guided trail begins near the entrance of the auto tour route. The trail winds through grasslands and along wetlands, allowing visitors to observe many species of plants, birds, and other animals.

A 7.5-mile auto tour route begins near the visitor center and winds along the scenic south shoreline of Lake Audubon. Highlights include views of the lake, prairie wetlands, and grasslands, and a chance to observe many species of animals and plants. You are welcome to leave your vehicle and stroll through the prairie or along the wind-blown shoreline of Lake Audubon. A brochure corresponds with numbered signs along the auto tour route.

Refuge headquarters and visitor center are open from 8:00 am until 4:30 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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