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National Wildlife Refuge System lands offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge serves as a sanctuary for wildlife during peak spring and fall migration. Outside those times, the Refuge is open to visitors for wildlife observation and photography, as well as hunting for deer and pheasants, and fishing.


To help protect wildlife and their habitats and to ensure your safety, please familiarize yourself with the information and regulations specific to this Refuge prior to your visit. Visitors may request a printed copy of the Refuge brochure with a map of the area by stopping in the visitor center during regular hours or calling the Refuge to have one mailed. 

Other Facilities in the Complex

Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Eastern North Dakota Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wetland management districts or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure structure
Something temporarily or permanently constructed, built, or placed; and constructed of natural or manufactured parts including, but not limited to, a building, shed, cabin, porch, bridge, walkway, stair steps, sign, landing, platform, dock, rack, fence, telecommunication device, antennae, fish cleaning table, satellite dish/mount, or well head.

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because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges or wetland management districts. Support staff may include administrative personnel, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, and fire staff that are centrally located and support all stations within the complex. 

Rules and Policies

To ensure your safety and protect wildlife and habitat, please adhere to the following regulations. Visitors participating in hunting and fishing activities must adhere to all Refuge specific regulations and North Dakota State hunting and fishing regulations.


Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge
9754 143-1/2 Avenue SECayuga,ND58013-9764
Driving Directions

Our office and visitor center is located 5 miles south of Cayuga on the east side of County Road 12.

Visitor Center/Office Hours
Mon-Fri, Except Federal Holidays
8 am - 4:30 pm
Refuge Hours
Open Daily
5 am - 10 pm