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Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge
The Refuge contains prairie, grasslands, and wetlands. The uplands are characterized by gently sloping hills and terraces with creeks and an occasional slough. The average rainfall of 16.8 inches supports a prairie environment with a climate of hot dry summers, occasional thunderstorms, and col...
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Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in southeastern North Dakota along the western edge of the northern tallgrass prairie. The Wild Rice River flows through the Refuge and then into Lake Tewaukon. Established in 1945, the 8363-acre Refuge is located in the Prairie Pothole Region, one of the most biologically productive areas on earth.

Wildlife to Watch: Wildlife observation and photography is best during the annual waterfowl migrations. An auto tour and hiking trail provide up-close opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. In winter, opportunities to spot unique species such as the snowy owl and to observe white-tailed deer in large concentrations are possible.

Special Tips: The Refuge visitor center, open Monday through Friday, has a variety of displays on Refuge wildlife, migration, and other topics. A variety of brochures are available. Staff are available to answer any questions. There is also an accessible trail focusing on native prairie plants.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 8363 acres 
Closest Town: Cayuga

RestroomsParkingFishingHikingHuntingHandicap AccessibleSmall BoatsDrinking WaterAuto Tour

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Tewaukon NWR - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The headquarters and Lake Tewaukon are located 5 miles south of Cayuga on County Road 12.

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Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area