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Stutsman County is home to a variety of options to view hundreds of birds and dozens of species of wildlife. Including refuges, lakes, a scenic backway, and a bison herd.

Birding at Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge

National Wildlife Refuges

Scenic Backway


The Jamestown Reservoir and Pipestem Dam are just north of Jamestown. Chase Lake, Spiritwood Lake, Aliki Lake and several other bodies of water provide viewing opportunities in Stutsman County.



More than 300 species of birds ready for your viewing right in the middle of the Central Flyway and the Prairie Potholes Region. Birding Drives Dakota, a devoted nonprofit, has worked with professional biologists, ornithologists and national wildlife refuges to create nine birding drives within a few miles of Jamestown.


Birding at Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge

Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge is north of Jamestown and was established as a breeding ground for migratory birds.  Birding Drives Dakota hosts the Prairie and Potholes Festival here every June and Arrowwood hosts the Big Sit in October.

Chase Lake (west of Jamestown) has one of the largest white pelican nesting colonies in North America.

Both Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die have listed the Birding Drives of our region as essential stops.