Canada Goose Trail opens Friday on Des Lacs NWR for wildlife observation opportunities
Posted 9/07/11 (Wed)
The Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge is opening the Canada Goose Hiking Trail to automobile travel on Friday, September 9, 2011 through Friday, September 23, 2011.
The trail distance is six miles, and starts at the gate just outside the west city limits of Kenmare on Ward County 2 and exits on the east side of the Upper Des Lacs Lake on U.S. Highway 52. The trail offers visitors the opportunity to view portions of Pool 2 from the east side of the lake and observe many different migratory bird species such as ducks, geese, swans, grebes, and shorebirds as they congregate during fall migration.
The trail is open daily from 5 am to 10 pm. Traffic is one-way only from south to north, because the road is too narrow for safe two-way travel, and is only open to automobile, bicycle and foot traffic. Visitors using the trail are required to keep travel to the gravel, two-track trail.
All-terrain vehicles are prohibited. Many pull-offs are available to use binoculars and spotting scopes for wildlife observation. The trail may be closed due to slippery conditions, if heavy rains are received.
For more information please contact the Refuge headquarters office at 701-385-4046, ext. 221, or visit the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge website at www.fws.gov/jclarksalyer/deslacs or Facebook page for up-to-date information about the Canada Goose Trail and possible closures.