Audubon National Wildlife Refuge

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Audubon National Wildlife Refuge

North Dakota

(701) 442-5474

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Things To Do


Audubon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in west-central North Dakota, and is part of a landscape marked by numerous wetlands or "potholes" that remained after glaciers melted more than 10,000 years ago. This landscape is commonly called the prairie pothole region and extends into Canada, Minnesota, western Iowa, South Dakota, and eastern Montana. The Refuge encompasses 14,735 acres of native prairie, planted grasslands, and wetlands. These lands are managed for many species of wildlife by providing food, water, shelter, and space to meet the needs of waterfowl and other migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, and resident wildlife. Thousands of waterfowl, sandhill cranes, and shorebirds pass through the Refuge during spring and fall migration. The endangered whooping crane is often seen migrating in small groups or with sandhill cranes. Piping plovers, a threatened species, nest in the area each summer. Giant Canada geese, in addition to ducks such as mallards, gadwalls, blue-winged teal, northern pintail, and lesser scaup, are common nesters on the Refuge. Other birds you may see include the northern harrier, marbled godwit, upland sandpiper, western meadowlark, bobolink, and more than 200 other species. Audubon NWR also provides habitat for wildlife that make the prairies their year-round home including white-tailed deer, coyote, red fox, sharp-tailed grouse, ring-necked pheasant, and gray partridge.

Map of Audubon NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 47.574210, -101.260986



  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The 8 mile route begins near the visitor center and winds along the scenic south shoreline of Lake Audubon. Highlights include views of the lake, prairie wetlands, grasslands, and a chance to observe many species of animals and plants. You are welcome to leave your vehicle and stroll through the prairie or along the wind-blown shoreline of Lake Audubon. An auto tour route brochure corresponds with numbered signs along the route.

  • Fishing

    Some of the common fish species in Lake Audubon are walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, black crappie, white bass, freshwater drum, burbot, and fathead minnow.

  • Hiking

    A one mile, self-guided trail begins near the entrance of the auto tour route. The trail winds through grasslands and along wetlands, allowing visitors to observe many species of plants, birds, and other animals.

  • Hunting

    Hunting on the Refuge is permitted for deer, pheasant, grouse, and partridge. Hunting of all other wildlife species is prohibited on the Refuge.



The Audubon office and visitor center is located 3 miles north of Coleharbor, North Dakota on U.S. Highway 83 and 1 mile east.

Phone Numbers


(701) 442-5474