Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge


Waterfowl scoping out North Dakota nesting opportunities prefer prairie potholes. When the last glaciers receded 70,000 years ago, they scooped tiny lakes into Earth's surface. Now the prairie potholes speckle the North Dakota prairie, making this area a prime nesting area for waterfowl. Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge preserves one the best mixed-grass pothole lands in the U.S. Gadwalls, American avocets, and Wilson's phalaropes are among the hundreds of waterfowl you'll find in the wetland areas. The auto route passes numerous habitats including a mating ground (called a "lek") for the courtship dance of the sharp-tailed grouse. The refuge is open for walking/hiking year-round. The auto route is open early May through early October, weather permitting. Refuge headquarters are located off State Highway 8, 21 miles north of Stanley.


8315 Highway 8
Kenmare, ND 58746


48.64252300, -102.40404900
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(701) 848-2722

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