UPPER SOURIS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGEE
View Larger Map
The Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge covers 48 km (30 miles) along the Souris River valley. A key feature of the Upper Souris NWR is Lake Darling, a 9,600-acre lake, constructed in 1936 to fill downstream marshes. Waterfowl numbering up to 350,000 can be seen during spring and fall migrations.
This site has been identified as being significant for world bird conservation and officially designated a Globally Important Bird Area.
Birds to See:
Tundra Swans, Pied-billed Grebe, Canvasbacks, Bufflehead, Redhead, Northern Pintail, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Red-necked Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Black Terns, Baltimore Orioles, Ovenbirds, Least Flycatchers, Red-eyed Vireos and Lesser Snow Goose.
Baird’s Sparrow, LeConte’s Sparrow, Sharp-tailed Sparrow and Sprague’s Pipit.
The Refuge office and visitor center is located southeast of Lake Darling Dam. Drive northwest of Minot on State Highway 52 to 1.6 km (1 mile) north of Foxholm. Turn right and follow County Road 11 north 11.2 km (7 miles). Follow Refuge directional signs to the Refuge.
An alternate route is to drive 19.3 km (12 miles) north of Minot on State Highway 83, turn west and drive 19.3 km (12 miles) on County Road 6.
Renville, Ward counties, North Daktoa USA
Minot, North Dakota
Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge
Phone: (701) 468-5467