The following opportunities exist for visitors:
Visitor Center - This is an ideal place to begin your visit. A new exhibit hall features exhibits on wetland and grassland habitat, migratory birds, night life of the refuge, John James Audubon, Refuge history, and more. The visitor center is open from 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Summer weekends in June, July and August are from 10:00am - 4:30pm.
Prairie Pond Store - Enhance your visit with wildlife and habitat educational materials or souvenirs of Audubon National Wildlife Refuge. The store is managed and operated by Audubon Refuge Partners, Inc., a group of volunteers who assist with refuge programs and activities.
South Shore Auto Tour Route - The 8 mile route begins near the visitor center and winds along the scenic south shoreline of Lake Audubon. Highlights include views of the lake, prairie wetlands, grasslands, and a chance to observe many species of animals and plants. You are welcome to leave your vehicle and stroll through the prairie or along the wind-blown shoreline of Lake Audubon. An auto tour route brochure corresponds with numbered signs along the route.
Prairie Nature Trail - A one mile, self-guided trail begins near the entrance of the auto tour route. The trail winds through grasslands and along wetlands, allowing visitors to observe many species of plants, birds, and other animals.
Wildlife Observation - Spring and fall migration are peak times to observe many species and concentrations of birds. Early mornings and evenings are best for viewing wildlife. Please see the wildlife list for information on species found on the Refuge.
Photography Blind - Enjoy peaceful moments observing or photographing waterfowl and shorebirds on a quiet bay of Lake Audubon. A westerly view from the blind offers a glimpse of a beautiful sunset over Lake Audubon.
Hunting - Deer hunting and a late season upland bird (pheasant, grouse, partridge) hunt are held on the refuge. Special regulations apply.
Ice Fishing - Ice fishing on the Refuge is permitted when ice covers the water. Special regulations apply.