National Parks / Natural World

Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Kenmare

Where is it at?

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Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
42000 520th St. NW
Kenmare
ND
58746
Tel: (701)848-2722

Directions

Refuge is 50 miles NW of Minot on HWY 52. The Office is 1 mile west of the city of Kenmare.

Where are we going today?

Des Lacs NWR encompasses more than 19,500 acres along the Des Lacs River from the Canadian border to a point eight miles south of Kenmare, North Dakota. A mix of natural lakes and managed wetlands in the valley provide a haven for migrating and nesting waterfowl and marsh birds.

Spring visitors can enjoy the courtship dance of western grebes. Four other species of grebes also nest on the Refuge. During summer, American white pelicans are easy to spot as they feed on small fish. Broods of ducklings of various ages paddle through the marshes. Giant Canada geese commonly nest on the Refuge, producing between 150 and 200 young annually.
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When can we go?

Office hours: 8am to 4pm Monday-Friday

I'm Hungry!

City of Kenmare is 1 mile to the east with several restaurants..

Any Top Tips?

Come to the visitor's center to see the newly renovated displays and get your information about all there is to do on the refuge..

Doing our bit

Wildlife viewing, seasonal big game and upland bird hunting, canoeing in certain areas, hinking, brid watching..

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    The Horicon National Wildlife Center is located next to the Horicon Marsh, the largest freshwater marsh in the Midwest. It offers information on the animals and birds of the marsh and the surrounding area. It has hiking trails, and is a great starting point for birders of all levels. The Horicon Marsh abounds with birds all year, but offers many more during the spring and fall migrations. It is truly a hidden gem.

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