COVID-19 Information

Refuge Headquarters has changed its operations as of 3/19/20

Refuge Headquarters has temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and public health authorities. Updates will be posted here on the refuge website.

Sherburne NWR Photography Club's April 8 Monthly Meeting postponed as of 3/19/20

In keeping with guidance from the CDC and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are joining other community organizations in postponing the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Photography Club monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 8. We know many people across the community will miss this event, but we are committed to doing our part to ensure public safety and to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and all relevant guidance and will resume the normal schedule when it is prudent to do so.

Refuge lands remain open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset daily

As a public health precaution the Wildlife Drive, Oak Savanna Learning Center and trailhead restrooms are temporarily closed for the safety of visitors and staff. People are encouraged to plan accordingly to avoid needing a restroom during a visit.

Blue Hill, Mahnomen and Oak Savanna Learning Center hiking trails remain open. Please stay on designated trails, as wildlife sanctuary remains in effect. Other public use options during wildlife sanctuary include the Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive, fishing access points and the designated canoe route.

The Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive is open for vehicle access for the season! Additionally, hiking and biking the 7.3 mile Wildlife Drive is allowed. Please be aware that road conditions are muddy in a few spots, as the frost goes out of the road. These portions are still passable with a car.

As long as social distancing and other CDC-recommended practices are observed, visiting a national wildlife refuge can be a great way to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and avoid cabin fever. Please visit only if you are feeling healthy. We ask you to stay home if you're feeling sick and we discourage long-distance travel.

Questions? Please email