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Lostwood Refuge Prairie Hiking Trail

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The Lostwood Refuge Prairie Hiking Trail is located within the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in northwestern North Dakota. The trail is open for hiking from early May through September. It provides a scenic view of the Missouri Coteau, a distinctive landscape of rolling hills and wetlands shaped by glaciers.

The Prairie Hiking Trail offers excellent birding opportunities. The refuge is home to over 215 bird species, including a wide variety of shorebird species such as American Avocets, Willets, and Marbled Godwits. The refuge contains one of the highest known populations of Sharp-Tailed Grouse in the United States, with one of Lostwood's 40 leks (sharp-tail dancing/breeding grounds) being located along the Prairie Hiking Trail. The best time for viewing grouse on the lek is in early May one half hour before, to 1 hour after, sunrise.

The Lostwood Refuge is also home to many mammal species, including coyote, white-tailed deer, and Richardon's Ground Squirrel.

Length 7.5 miles
Grade average 5.5%, maximum 16%
Surface approximately 3 miles gravel, (access road and auto-tour route) the remainder is grass prairie trail
Amenities parking, restrooms, directional signs, trail access information, telephones, visitor center, potable water


Lostwood National Wildlife Reserve is located in northwest North Dakota. The refuge headquarters are 20 miles north of Stanley, ND. The Prairie Hiking Trail can be found along the auto-tour route and is open annually from early May through September. See a refuge brochure for further details, available at the refuge headquarters.

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Contact Information

US Fish and Wildlife Service
8315 Hwy 8, Kenmare, ND 58746
Ph. 701.848.2722