The refuge issues special use permits for data collection and research, traditional uses, nuisance animal trapping and other related activities. Contact the Refuge Manager for more information at 218-768-2402.
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Mille Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by Rice Lake NWR, is the smallest refuge in the NWR system. It also hosts one of only five common tern breeding colonies in Minnesota. This year Mille Lacs NWR is "terning" 100 and you're invited to our centennial celebration on Friday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Father Hennepin State Park.