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Kellys Slough
National Wildlife Refuge

Shrubs line the shore of a large wetland at Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge.  The wetland is a mixture of open water and patches of cattails.
221 2nd Street West
Devils Lake, ND   58301
E-mail: devilslake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-662-8611
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This Refuge has been designated as a regional site of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
School groups and individuals may use the WPAs as outdoor year-round classrooms. Please take care during the breeding season, May through July, and avoid damaging nests, plants, and other habitat. Kellys Slough NWR is closed to all public access, except walking on the short trail system near the main observation platform. Please contact the Refuge Manager for details regarding access to areas posted as National Wildlife Refuge lands.

Hunting and trapping, in accordance with North Dakota state seasons, are permitted on WPAs. Only foot travel is permitted. Motorized traffic is strictly prohibited on Refuge lands. Waterfowl and white-tailed deer are the most popular species pursued in the area. Upland game birds, such as Hungarian partridge and sharp-tailed grouse, are also present. Trapping opportunities exist for red fox, raccoon, and muskrat.

Interpretive panels are installed on two turnouts along the gravel road leading to the main parking area. These turnouts are great locations for viewing wildlife. The panels provide information on area wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Interpretive panels and a telescope can also be found on the elevated observation platform near the main parking area. These panels provide information on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Refuge. The 20-power scope is available for year-round use. There is no charge for using this commercial-grade, permanently mounted telescope.

Kellys Slough NWR is managed by the Devils Lake Wetland Management District. The District office is located in the city of Devils Lake, North Dakota at 221 2nd Street West. Devils Lake is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and North Dakota Highway 20, approximately 90 miles west of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Wildlife Observation
Three short walking trails can be found on Kellys Slough NWR. These trails offer the opportunity to view wildlife and the landscape away from roads and vehicle traffic. Two of the trails originate at the main parking area. Both of these trails are less than 1/4 mile in length and are about 8 feet wide, surfaced with gravel and secured with railroad ties along the edges of the trails. A third similarly constructed trail lies about 2 miles north and 1 mile west of the main parking area. There is a small parking area at the head of this 300-foot trail and an elevated viewing platform at the end of the trail. There are no rest room facilities on the Refuge, but the town of Emerado and the city of Grand Forks are less than 10 miles away and offer several establishments with rest rooms.

The District headquarters in Devils Lake is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. There is no visitor contact station at the Refuge. The Refuge is open to allowable uses 24 hours daily. Camping is prohibited.

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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