J. Clark Salyer NWR: Souris River Canoe Trail

The Souris River Canoe Trail provides wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing, passing through unique bottomland hardwood forests rich in beauty, woodlands, and wildlife.

Type: Nature Trail, Water Trail
Length: 13.00 miles
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

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Location: At J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, N of Upham, off State Route 14.
States: North Dakota
Counties: McHenry
Latitude: 48.617088   Longitude: -100.728283

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.


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.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1981

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: North Dakota Parks and Rec
Website: J. Clark Salyer NWR Facebook Page

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

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



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