Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge

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Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge
Location Burke / Ward counties, North Dakota, USA
Nearest city Kenmare, ND
Coordinates 48°50′34″N 102°05′45″W / 48.84278°N 102.09583°W / 48.84278; -102.09583Coordinates: 48°50′34″N 102°05′45″W / 48.84278°N 102.09583°W / 48.84278; -102.09583
Area 19,500 acres (78.9km2)
Established 1935
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge is located in the U.S. state of North Dakota and extends from the Canadian border to near the town of Kenmare, North Dakota along Des Lacs Lake. Des lacs is from the French wording Riviere des Lacs, or River of the lakes. The refuge was established in 1935 and includes 19,500 acres (78.9 km2). The refuge is considered to be one of the most important bird sanctuaries in the U.S., with tens of thousands of birds using the refuge for migration and breeding. The refuge is also home to elk, moose, bison and pronghorn.

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Mechanized road-grading. Des Lacs NWR, ND, 1938. A small bulldozer pulls a riding plow in open fields, with farm buildings and crops in background