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Upper Souris
National Wildlife Refuge

Standing among the among the golden-brown prairie grasses, two sharp-tailed grouse display their purplish neck sacks to each other during the spring mating season .
17705 212th Ave. NW
Berthold, ND   58718
E-mail: uppersouris@fws.gov
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During early spring, male sharp-tailed grouse display to each other. The females watch and then select their mate.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Limited structured environmental education programs are available. The most popular programs are the celebration of International Migratory Bird week and the Envirothon. Bird-related activities and demonstrations are always popular with school groups.

Boat and shore fishing is allowed in 13 designated sites on Lake Darling and the Souris River. Fishing is popular for walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, and small-mouth bass. Ice fishing, sometimes through ice thicknesses up to 42 inches, is a very popular winter pastime.

Portions of the Refuge are open to deer, pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, and partridge hunting. Please contact Refuge staff information on required permits and special regulations.

Exhibits and films are available at the visitor center. A sales outlet sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association offers educational and interpretive products. In addition to two interpretive kiosks, there is an interpretive leaflet describing the four walking trails, auto tour route, and two canoe trails.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife and photography opportunities are available year-round. Blinds can be reserved during April to observe the unusual mating dance of the sharp-tailed grouse. Native prairie flowers and grasses are abundant during the summer and provide photographic opportunities. The 3-mile self-guided Prairie Marsh Scenic Drive winds across native prairie-covered hills, through brush-covered coulees, along marshes, and along open grass fields to provide ever changing wildlife viewing opportunities in the prairies and marshes. Fall brings huge numbers of waterfowl as well as migrating bald eagles. Four walking trails and two canoe routes permit visitors to get closer to the sights and sounds of wildlife and plants.

Office/visitor center is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except for Federal holidays.

All Refuge activities are open from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm daily year-round.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge any use fees.
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