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Lake Ilo
National Wildlife Refuge

Framed between several trees, the sky turns a burnt orange color as the sun sets on Lake Ilo.
489 102nd Ave. SW
Dunn Center, ND   58626
E-mail: lakeilo@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-548-8110
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Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge has long been a crossroads for both people and wildlife. Civilization in this area dates back 11,000 years.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Several special events are held throughout the year including birdwatching, goose banding, hunting education day, and nest box workshops, which all help young and old to understand and appreciate our wildlife resources. Outdoor programs can be provided for groups by making special arrangements.

Both ice fishing and fishing during all other state seasons is available to anglers at the Refuge. Boating is also allowed during the summer months. Special regulations apply and there are areas closed to both boating and fishing, so please refer to the public use guide or visit with Refuge staff prior to your visit. A fishing pier is available.

A 1 mile self-guided interpretive trail begins at the Lake Ilo Park and winds along the north lake shore for approximately ½ mile. The second half mile meanders through planted tree belts and native prairies. The trail takes you directly adjacent to a great blue heron rookery.

Archeological resources are interpreted at both the Refuge headquarters and at Lake Ilo Park. Collection of any artifacts is prohibited; however, observation of these items in their original location is welcome.

Brochures are available to provide information on management and recreational activities, wildlife, and other natural resources. Refuge staff are available to answer questions during the work week.

Wildlife Observation
Spring and fall migrations are peak times to observe neo-tropical birds. Local species may be observed year-round, with morning and evening providing the best opportunities. The Lake Ilo NWR wildlife checklist provides a complete list of wildlife that maybe observed at the Refuge.

Visitors to the Refuge can see hand-crafted stone structures that were constructed in the 1930's with endemic field stone by the Civilian Conservation Corps. These buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Refuge office is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. Outdoor facilities are open sunrise to sunset.

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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