From the north, take U.S. HWY 2 to Polk County Road 210. Travel south on Polk County Road 210 approximately 2.5 miles to the refuge entrance.
From the south, take U.S. HWY 59 to Polk County Road 41. Turn west on Polk County Road 41 and follow the signs approximately 9 miles to the refuge entrance.
**Please be aware that Google Maps currently directs visitors to the west end of the refuge, not the main entrance gate, when traveling from the south. We are in the process of developing a map link that will direct visitors to the correct entrance. Rydell National Wildlife Refuge17788 349th St. SEErskine, MN 56535Phone: (218) 687-2229Fax: (218) 687-2225E-Mail: Rydell@fws.gov Refuge Brochure
Points of InterestThe refuge seasonal visitor center provides information about the local wildlife and serves as the starting point for the seven-mile trail system that includes five miles of paved trails for easy accessability. Five trails are open to hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Observation blinds and gazebos on the trails offer opportunities to watch and photograph wildlife. Contact Refuge staff prior to your visit if you have special access needs. The 5-acre Joe Bailey Children’s Discovery Area provides a rare opportunity for children to discover nature. Know Before You GoWhen 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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Bluebirds are cavity nesters, but can’t excavate their own cavity. The lack of natural cavities available have made artificial nesting boxes a success to the return of the bluebird. Hear the happy song of the bluebird at Rydell Refuge.