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J. Clark Salyer Canoe Trail

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Certified in 1981 as part of the National Trails System, the J. Clark Salyer Canoe Trail is North Dakota's only nationally recognized canoe trail and is located on the J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge. A 5-mile route (2 to 3 hours) or a 13-mile route (5 to 7 hours) can be taken along the Souris (Mouse) River. The trail is well marked with mile markers and three access points along the river. There are also foot trails, interpretive displays and a visitor center at the Refuge Headquarters.

Length 13 miles
Amenities restroom, water, and tables at Thompson Well (end of 5-mile route)


Contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service for directions and accessibility.

Note: Office/Visitor Center is located 2 miles north of Upham on Highway 14.



Contact Information

US Fish and Wildlife Service
681 Salyer Road, Upham, ND 58789
Ph. 701.768.2548