Directions, Address & Contact InfoGlacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge is located in Polk County, in northwestern Minnesota, approximately 10 miles east of Crookston and is 6 miles west of Mentor along U.S. Highway 2. Glacial Ridge Refuge is managed by staff at nearby Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. To reach the Rydell Refuge office: From the north, take U.S. HWY 2 to Polk CR 210. Travel south on Polk CR 210 approximately 2.5 miles to the Refuge entrance. From the south, take U.S. HWY 59 to Polk CR 41. Turn west on Polk CR 41 and follow the signs approximately nine miles to the Refuge entrance.Download Glacial Ridge Map
Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge17788 349th St. SEErskine, MN 56535Phone: (218) 687-2229Fax: (218) 687-2225E-Mail: Rydell@fws.govPoint of InterestGlacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge offers some spectacular primitive wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether on a hike or from the road, look for waterfowl, trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, and many other wildlife species. Start your visit at the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, which has information about Glacial Ridge Refuge. Know Before You GoGlacial Ridge Refuge has few visitor facilities, so please be prepared for your visit! Information kiosks with maps are located at several parking lots around the refuge. When planning a trip to the Refuge, it is important to wear appropriate footwear for hiking and to dress for the weather. Consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable. Don’t forget your camera!!
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This migratory grassland sparrow hides its tiny nest in the dead grasses of the open prairies. It spends the summer on the refuge feeding on insects and spiders. Although Breeding Bird Surveys indicate their numbers have declined in the U.S. it can be heard singing on the prairies of Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge.