Directions, Address & Contact Info
Visitors to Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge may enjoy a 14 mile self-guided auto tour route with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The refuge also has more than seven miles of hiking trails, ranging in length from one-quarter mile to two and a half miles. An observation deck overlooks 3,600-acre Rice Lake, where more than 70,000 ring-necked ducks and other waterfowl can be seen during the fall migration. Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in Aitkin County in east central Minnesota, about 5 miles south of the community of McGregor. Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge36289 State Hwy 65McGregor, MN 55760Phone: 218-768-2402Fax: 218-768-3040RiceLake@fws.gov
Points of Interest
Visitors should stop by the refuge office, five miles south of McGregor, Minnesota. Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters features educational displays and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Know Before You Go
When visiting Rice Lake National Wildlife 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 and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable. Restrooms are provided on the refuge, but no drinking water is available.Ticks are abundant from late May through early July. Mosquitoes and deer flies are abundant from June through August. Insect repellent and other precautions should be taken. Black bears are occasionally seen at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge. If you encounter a bear on the trail, remain calm. You may be surprised to know that most bears fear people as much as you fear them and will flee when they hear or see you! If you see a bear that does not leave, make some noise and give it an easy escape route. Remember, seeing a black bear is an uncommon, yet memorable experience!
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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.