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Grasses and prairie wildflowers blanket the rolling hills at Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge.  The grasses come in many hues, from dark green to golden brown.
8315 Hwy 8
Kenmare, ND   58746
E-mail: Lostwood@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-848-2722
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Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge is an ocean of grasslands with wetlands scattered throughout the landscape.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Field trips guided by a Refuge biologist are available to schools and other organizations. Please contact Refuge staff for assistance with planning your trip.

Many hunting opportunities also exist for visitors. Archery and rifle deer hunting is permitted during regular state seasons. A late upland game season starts annually in late November through the end of the state's season for sharp-tailed grouse, pheasant, and partridge. No waterfowl hunting is allowed on the Refuge, but ample opportunities to hunt ducks and geese exist on adjacent private land.

A 7 mile long auto tour route is available to visitors starting at the north end (near the headquarters) of the Refuge and ending at North Dakota Highway 50. A brochure with information about each of the auto tour route's stops is available at the beginning of the route. All visitor information is available at the Lostwood NWR headquarters vestibule, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Wildlife Observation
A 7-mile nature trail connected to the auto tour route offers opportunities to walk through grasslands and observe wildlife. Wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities are very good May through mid-July. This time period coincides with the peak of spring migration and the breeding season. Be sure to go "birding" early or late in the day when song and courtship activities are at their peak. Many bird species are found and seen easily if you focus on recognizing each species' song. This is especially true for Baird's sparrow and Sprague's pipit. Try to budget extra time when visiting to account for inclement weather.

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)

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

The auto tour route is open from 5:30 am to 10:00 pm, May through September.

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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