Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR consists of 4,385 acres located on the Missouri Coteau, a principle physiographic region of the Prairie Pothole Region. Chase Lake itself comprises 2,503 acres with the remaining refuge acreage consisting of native and tame grasslands and small wetlands.
Chase Lake NWR was declared a wilderness area in 1975. The entire refuge except for 230 acres southwest of a Bureau of Reclamation power line is included in the wilderness area. The refuge is managed by the use of prescribed burning. Burns are conducted as needed to maintain habitat quality and vegetation diversity.
Administration and Contact: Personnel from the Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge administer the Chase Lake NWR which is unmanned and 42 miles from Arrowwood. Vehicle use is prohibited on the refuge. Walking access is allowed anywhere along the refuge boundary. Access to the islands is not permitted. For further information contact: Manager, Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge, R. Rt. 1, Pingree, ND 58476.
ROBERT JOHNSON is wetlands manager of the Arrowwood Wetlands Management District in Pingree, ND.