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Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Scenic Backway

Found in the northwest corner of North Dakota, this backway provides excellent opportunities to view the rolling hills and wooded draws of the Des Lacs Valley. The most striking experience is the excellent wildlife viewing opportunities found at the refuge. Over 250 species of birds have been seen here and they include waterfowl, raptors and many other migratory birds. Deer, moose, and other wildlife are also seen along this route.

Des Lacs NWR Scenic Backway


Begins at US Highway 52, 6 miles south of Kenmare and continues to the north end of the refuge where it terminates at the intersection of Ward County Road 1.

Locator Map


Points of interest and more information: Scenic Byways and Backways brochure