DES LACS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGEE
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When French trappers first came to the Des Lacs Valley they named the area Riviere des Lacs, French for River of the Lakes, because the prairie landscape created a chain of marshes and lakes. Today the Des Lacs NWR follows the Des Lacs River from the Canadian border, covering 19,500-acres of natural lakes and wetlands.
This site has been identified as being significant for world bird conservation and officially designated a Globally Important Bird Area.
Birds to See:
American White Pelican, Canada Goose, Western Grebe, Baird’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Short-eared Owl, Blue-winged Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Sprague’s Pipit and Yellow Warbler.
The Des Lacs NWR headquarters is located 1.6 km (1 mile) west of Kenmare, North Dakota, off Ward County Road 1. A large entrance sign is situated at the junction of County Roads 1 and 1A. Kenmare is located 80.5 km (50 miles) northwest of Minot on U.S. Highway 52.
Burke / Ward counties, North Dakota, US
Kenmare, North Dakota