Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Reopening Plans

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The lands and waters of the Refuge are open for public enjoyment, however offices and visitor centers will remain closed.


Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Reopening Plans


Indoor Visitation, Exhibits, and Offices:

Temporarily closed

 


Walk-up information desk:

Open. Please stop by the open-air, walk-up information desk at our visitor centers to learn about the refuge. Rangers and volunteers will be available at the entrance doors to each visitor center. Outdoor restrooms are available at each location. 
 

Bloomington Visitor Center Hours of Operation:

 

  • Summer 2021: 12-4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
  • Closed all federal holidays

 


Rapids Lake Visitor Center Hours of Operation:

 

  • Summer 2021: 12-4 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays
  • Closed all federal holidays and December 24-January 1

 

                

    Trails and lands:

    Open, masks required when social distancing cannot be maintained. Current Refuge trail conditions.

    National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass sales:

    Unavailable

     

    Questions:

    Continue to visit our website or follow our Facebook page for developing information. For questions, email minnesotavalley@fws.gov or message us through the Facebook Messenger App.

    Phased Approach to Reopening

     

    Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge staff are working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. As an agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following a three-phased approach to re-opening that is modeled on the White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.

    Currently we are in Phase 1 of re-opening, and some staff are returning to limited field and maintenance work. The lands and waters of the Refuge are open for public enjoyment, however offices and visitor centers will remain closed. We anticipate re-opening the Visitor Center during Phase 3, on a timeline that will depend on state and local conditions and may move forward or backward in phases to adapt to current conditions. 

     


     

    Walk-up Information Desks in Bloomington and Carver

    Staff will be available at our outdoor information desks at the Bloomington and Rapids Lake (Carver) Education and Visitor Centers. See above for times and days of operation. Some outdoor exploration equipment may be available for free check out, including family activity packs and binoculars.

    We are committed to increasing access to refuge facilities as quickly as possible when risks to the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers can be safely mitigated. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in-person as soon as it’s safe to do so and wish everyone healthy and enjoyable adventures outdoors!


     

    National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes

    Many visitors are curious about how to purchase or receive an America the Beautiful National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Pass during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are unable to issue passes at this time. Please call and check-in with the site where you would plan to use your pass. Some federal sites are not collecting fees currently and a pass is not needed.

    If a site has resumed collecting fees, you should be able to purchase a pass at their entrance gate or first fee collecting station. We apologize for the inconvenience. Learn more about purchasing passes from the U.S. Geological Survey online store.