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Munch's Coulee Hiking Trail

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The bottom portion of Munch’s Coulee Hiking Trail is in the draw where excellent bird watching opportunities abound. There is a small pool of water within comfortable viewing distance from the first bench, where turtle and duck broods can regularly be found in the spring. The mowed trail then climbs up the side of the draw to the upland prairie - one of the best places on the refuge to view native wildflowers as well as upland birds.

The upland portion of the trail then returns to the parking area, allowing visitors a spectacular view of the lake and marsh. The bottom portion of the trail is hard surfaced and is intended to be accessible to all. Four benches provide resting areas along the top and bottom of the trail. Munch’s Coulee is an excellent area for school groups as it is located on a road easily navigated by buses, has ample parking, and includes most of the habitats found on the refuge within the area.

Length 1 mile
Grade average 1%, maximum 20%
Surface primary grass or vegetation, secondary soil with stabilizer
Amenities benches, parking, trailer parking area, trail access information, trailheads


Approximately 5.5 miles south of Kenmare on the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Scenic Backway.

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Contact Information

Des Lacs NWR
P.O. Box 578, Kenmare, ND 58746
Ph. 701.385.4046