Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is found in a 28-mile long river valley with three natural lakes. The northern boundary of the Refuge is at the Canadian border. The Refuge was established during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. The original Refuge facilities were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to benefit waterfowl production and protection. Des Lacs NWR is well known for spectacular snow goose populations of 200,000 to 300,000 geese in the fall. The local community of Kenmare hosts the annual “Goosefest” in October to celebrate the fall migration.