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J. Clark Salyer NWR: Souris River Canoe Trail

Location At J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, N of Upham, off State Route 14.
State(s) North Dakota
Counties McHenry
Type Nature Trail
Water Trail
Length 13.00 Miles / 20.92 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




Certified in 1981 this is North Dakota's only nationally recognized canoe trail and is located on the J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge. The Souris (or Mouse) River flows north here into Canada. A 5-mile route (2 to 3 hours) or a 13-mile route (5 to 7 hours) can be taken. The trail is well marked with mile markers and 3 access points along the river. There are also foot trails, interpretive displays and a visitor contact station at the Refuge Headquarters.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 1/1

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset


The Refuge office is located 2 miles north of Upham, ND off of Highway 14. The canoe route is accessed via the Scenic Trail Auto Tour Route and starts at Johnson Bridge.


Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Not Available

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 1981

Date Last Updated: 03/02/2017


Contact Information

Information Contact:

US Fish & Wildlife Service
681 Salyer Road
Upham , ND 58789
(701) 768-2548


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
North Dakota Parks and Rec Website View/Download
J. Clark Salyer NWR Facebook Page Website View/Download



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