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J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge

J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge
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Description - The refuge is important for waterfowl and waterbird production, secure cover for molting waterfowl, and a waterfowl migration staging area. Waterfowl staging on the mashes in the fall provide hunting in an area over 20 miles in all directions from the refuge.

More than 250 bird species have been recorded on the refuge with over 125 species using the area for nesting, including many neotropical species and other species of concern. The refuge is also of international importance from the standpoint of water management on an international river.

Five dikes and water control structures create over 23,000 acres of managed freshwater marsh. Other habitats are native and tame grasslands, sandhills with a mixture of prairie and oak and aspen woodlands, a riverine system, riparian woodlands, floodplain meadows, and many small wetlands and old river oxbows.

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Filed By: Nathan Ternes (Harvey, ND)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I entered the refuge on the north end and drove it through to the south west. The north end starts out as open prairie and marshes until the road comes to the sirrus river. The road then follows the river bottom and dips in and out of the aspen, oak and cottonwood trees, sometimes the trees get quite thick and there are a few great walking trails, a canoe route, and many wildlife viewing areas. We saw deer, wild turkeys, bald and golden eagles. Great place for fishing, wildlife viewing and exploring. We did not make it to the visitors center but my kids ages 6 and 8 loved it and said they would like to go again.

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Contact Information:
J. Clark Salyer NWR, P.O. Box 66 , Upham, ND, 58789, Phone: 701-768-2548
, r6rw_jcs@fws.gov

Additional Information:
North Dakota Wildlife Refuges -

J. Clark Salyer NWR - Official agency website


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