Lake Zahl National Wildlife Refuge

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Lake Zahl National Wildlife Refuge

North Dakota

(701) 965-6488

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Lake Zahl NWR was established in 1939 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The Refuge encompasses a total of 3,739 acres. Lake Zahl NWR lies at the juncture of the Missouri Coteau and the Missouri Slope. Water flowing from Lake Zahl enters the Little Muddy River, goes into Lake Sakakawea, and then enters the Missouri River approximately 28 miles south of the Refuge. Lake Zahl is not staffed; it is managed by the Crosby Wetland Management District staff. Lake Zahl National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Des Lacs NWR Complex and is managed by the Crosby Wetlands Management District. Lake Zahl is open annually to special season hunting for archery, gun, and muzzleloader deer; and upland game birds, including ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, and gray partridge.

Map of Lake Zahl NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 48.560250, -103.661499



  • Hunting

    Lake Zahl NWR is open annually to archery deer hunting and late season upland bird hunting for ring-necked pheasants, gray partridge, and sharp-tailed grouse.



The Refuge is divided by State Highway 50, 0.5 miles west of its juncture with State Highway 85, 30 miles north of Williston, North Dakota. The Refuge is accessible from State Highway 50 and county and township roads that border the unit.

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(701) 965-6488