National Wildlife Refuges offer unique experiences for people to explore wildlife, habitat, and interact with nature, and Lake Ilo Refuge is no exception.
National Wildlife Refuges offer unique experiences for people to explore wildlife, habitat, and interact with nature, and Lake Ilo Refuge is no exception. The shady woodlands along the shoreline of Lake Ilo provide opportunities to observe many species of birds and other wildlife. Western grebes, great blue herons, warblers, and many kinds of ducks can be seen on or near the lake, resting and feeding. A walk through the nature trail reveals little brown bats, roosting in the home-made bat boxes. Many adventures are just waiting to be had…and an annual spring event, “Kid’s Fishing Day”, offers a fun opportunity for exploring the refuge and fishing with family and friends.
Refuge Manager Todd Gallion, works together with community partners to host the annual Kid’s Fishing Day event. This event will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, and is an excellent event for families to enjoy an outdoor activity and connect with nature on a National Wildlife Refuge.
Participants are asked to arrive at the Lake Ilo Park by 9:30am to register for this event. Fishing will take place along the shoreline, on the Lake Ilo dam, and from the fishing pier in the Lake Ilo Park from 10:00am to 12:00pm, followed by a picnic lunch and prizes from 12:00-1:00 pm.
Kids may bring their own fishing equipment if they wish. A limited supply of rods and reels will be available for loan from the Refuge, and bait will be provided for all participants – a donation from Andrus Outdoors, Dickinson.
This is free fishing weekend in North Dakota, which means that residents may fish without a license.
Several local sponsors have been very generous in providing funding and services for this event. These include: Daryl & Renae Dukart, Super Valu, Andrus Outdoors, Consolidated, Sons of Norway, Dunn County Ducks Unlimited, American Bank Center of Killdeer, McKenzie Electric, Bosch Lumber Company, Killdeer Vet Clinic, Killdeer Ready Mix, Western Choice Coop., MonDak Sports Center, Prairie Implement, Audubon Refuge Partners, Inc., North Dakota Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Lake Ilo Park is located 1.5 miles west of Dunn Center, and .5 mile south of Highway 200. For more information call 701/548-8110 or 701/442-5474 ext.117.