The Taskers Coulee Picnic Area lies in a heavily wooded coulee south of the Des Lacs refuge headquarters and can be reached via Ward County Road #1A. This lighted area offers a covered shelter, picnic tables, grills, drinking water, and restrooms. It includes a baseball diamond and numerous hiking trails. It also has bathroom facilities and running water. Overnight camping is not permitted. Nearby woodlands are inhabited by forest birds such as vireos, black-and-white warbler, ovenbird, and veery.
The gravel road leading north from Ward County #2 for 5 miles, winds along the upper Des Lacs Lake through woodlands and coulee bottom habitat to a refuge Public Use Area-Boat Dock. Canoeing is permitted following refuge regulations. This area offers opportunities for picnicking, hiking, birdwatching and non-motorized boats in a beautiful lakeside setting. Primitive bathroom facilities and picnic tables are available. The area is maintained by the Des Lacs Refuge and the City of Kenmare. The area may also be reached via Ward County Road #1. Use is restricted to daylight hours only.