The refuge office is located approximately eight miles east of Ortonville, Minnesota and one-half mile west of Odessa, Minnesota. From Highway 7/75, take Big Stone County Road 19 south approximately three-quarters of a mile. The refuge headquarters is on the west side of the road.Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge44843 County Road 19Odessa, MN 56276Phone: 320-273-2191Fax: 320-273-2231Email: BigStone@fws.gov
The refuge headquarters and office serves as the main visitor contact point and is located at 44843 County Road 19, Odessa, Minnesota. The phone number is 320-273-2191. Visitors to the refuge are encouraged to travel the wildlife drive where they can see the majestic granite rock outcrops, wildlife, and a diversity of habitats the refuge protects.
The tallgrass prairie region is one of extremes. Temperatures can drop to well below -20° F in the winter months and rise to 90° F during the summer. Summertime also marks the season for fast moving thunderstorms. Dress appropriately and bring extra clothing along with weather appropriate head protection. Keep an eye to the sky and check the weather forecast before your outing as daily weather conditions can bring dramatic change! Insect repellent is also a good idea as warm weather brings mosquitoes and ticks.
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Managing the habitat of the refuge is key to protecting the native plants and wildlife of Big Stone NWR.