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Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge Leg of the Historic Fort Totten Trail

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Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. It is an important link in a chain of refuges extending from the prairie lands of the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. The historic trail connects the former military posts of Ft. Seward near Jamestown, ND and Ft. Totten on the south shores of Devil’s Lake. The trail provides quality wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities such as wildlife observation and wildlife photography.

Located along the James River in east central North Dakota, Arrowwood's 15,934 acres are made up of lakes, marshes, prairie grasslands, wooded coulees, and cultivated fields.

Arrowwood is managed primarily to attract waterfowl during migration periods, but also contains excellent habitat for ducks, geese, grebes, and shore birds, along with many other forms of wildlife.

Length 9 miles
Grade average less than 1%, maximum 9%
Surface primary gravel, secondary compacted soil
Amenities boat launch, fire ring/grill, parking, trailer parking, picnic area, restrooms, non-potable water


Located about 26 miles north of Jamestown. Travel north on Highway 281 approximately 26 miles to Edmunds, turn east and travel 5.5 miles on 11th Street SE (County Road 44) to the headquarters road. Turn north to the headquarters.

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Contact Information

Refuge Manager, Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge
7745 11th St. SE, Pingree, ND 58476
Ph. 701.285.3341