Sullys Hill

Sullys Hill National Game PreserveWildlife Viewing has an auto tour and nature trail. The 4 mile interpreted auto tour is usually open from May through October. Gates are open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM throughout the summer. There is a 1 mile self-guided nature trail that takes visitors along a wooded stream and through the wooded terrain of the preserve where you might see white tailed deer, wood ducks and warblers. Sullys Hill is located south of Devils Lake, ND. Named after General Alfred Sully who led an expedition to the south shore of Devils Lake in 1865. It is one of the nation's 500 National Wildlife Refuges. It was originally set aside in 1904 by President Theodore Roosevelt, as a big game preserve, to help save two of North America's most majestic species: bison and elk. By the time Sullys Hill became a big game preserve in 1914, American bison were considered an endangered species. They had disappeared from North Dakota by 1884. BuffaloIn 1895, only 20 wild bison remained in the United States and 250 were left in Canada. By 1900, Elk were gone from much of their native range, including North Dakota. Protective laws, the establishment of refuges, and propagation of private herds helped save the species. Bison are now numbering approximately 75,000 in North America. The Bison is now out of danger. For the Elk, habitat protection and regulated hunting have helped elk numbers recover. Currently, Sullys Hill is managed as a refuge and breeding ground for birds and other wildlife as well as a big game preserve. Sullys Hill has also been developed into a Regional Conservation Learning Center and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Some of the wildlife that can be seen at Sullys Hill includes: Bison, Elk, White-tailed deer, prairie dogs, waterfowl, foxes, raccoons, skunks, weasels, mink, gray and fox squirrels, muskrats, rabbits, woodchucks, many species of songbirds, shorebirds, bald and golden eagles.
Sully's Hill  Visitor Center Entrance Gate Sullys Hill has:
  • A visitor center with various displays.Outdoor classrooms for conservation or wildlife studies or programs.Outdoor amphitheater featuring environmental, cultural and historical programs. Hiking and nature trail with interpretive stops.Self-guided auto tour route to see wildlife.Cross country ski trails in winter months.Special tours for groups by appointment.Many bird watching and photography opportunities.
  • Overlooks-viewing Devils Lake and varied habitats in Sullys Hill National Wildlife Refuge.

Hours of Operation

The auto tour is open throughout the year from 8:00 AM to sunset but portions may be closed during winter months. The hours for the Visitor Center change per season. Call for hours and availability.

Admission Prices

Free Admission

Contact Information
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve located along Highway 57 10 miles SE of Devils Lake
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  1. June 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm, My friends at ND State Tourism came to visit! « devilslaketourism said:

    […] on land and I wiped the cheesy smile off my face we headed south towards Fort Totten. We took in Sullys Hill National Game Preserve (took in a little birding action), had a bet on who could spot the Bison first (nobody won but we […]

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