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North Dakota Wildlife Refuges



Ardoch National Wildlife Refuge
Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge
Camp Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Backway
Hiddenwood National Wildlife Refuge
J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge
Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Elsie National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Nettie National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Zahl National Wildlife Refuge
Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge
Maple River National Wildlife Refuge
School Section Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Sheyenne Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Slade National Wildlife Refuge
Stewart Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Storm Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge
Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge

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Description - The mission of these refuges and the Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

Attractions - The acreage for the NWRS as of 9/30/07 was 96,420,884 acres. The system encompasses 548 national wildlife refuges, 37 Wetland Management Districts (which include Waterfowl Production Areas in 205 counties), and 49 Coordination Areas which are managed by the states.

Recreation - Wildlife viewing is the pirmary activity on any National Wildlife Refuge, however many of the refuges offer other activities such as hunting, fishing, educational activitis and all offer opportunities for photography.

Climate - North Dakota lies in the northwestern continental interior of the US. Characteristically, summers are hot, winters very cold, and rainfall sparse to moderate, with periods of drought. The average annual temperature is 40°F, ranging from 7°F in January to 69°F in July.

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the location of each refuge is described, driving instructions are given, and a map is provided showing the location of each refuge on the wildernet page describing the refuge.


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North Dakota - This large, northern state is short on people and large on natural areas. Navigable waterways, unique landforms and diverse wildlife made this state attractive to President Theodore Roosevelt who came to the region often.

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