Visitor Activities

Visitor Activities
  • Hunting


    Several different hunting opportunities are available on the Refuge, including firearms, archery, and muzzleloader deer seasons, as well as ruffed grouse and sharp-tailed grouse hunting. Youth waterfowl and deer hunts are permitted during State seasons in designated areas. Please see the hunting brochure for specific details and regulations.

    Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge encourages hunters to use lead free ammunition when deer hunting. Research has found that lead pieces left behind in the gut piles of deer are dangerous and even deadly to the eagles and other wildlife that eat them. Learn more at 

    NOTE:  Agassiz Refuge is closed to wolf hunting.  

    In addition to the Refuge, the Walton Waterfowl Production Area also provides hunting opportunities.

    Walton Waterfowl Production Area Fact Sheet

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Viewing

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge provides habitat for many wildlife species. As many as 300 species of birds have been documented on the Refuge and roughly half of them nest there. Additionally, 49 species of mammals, 12 species of amphibians, and 9 species of reptiles can be found at the Refuge. Agassiz Refuge offers three hiking trails and an auto tour route for your exploration. 

  • Interpretation


    National wildlife refuges across the U.S. provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. Self-guided hikes and staff-led programs help visitors learn more about the wildlife and their associated habitats. Contact the Refuge for more information about upcoming programs or events. 

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental Education

    National wildlife refuges serve many purposes and one of our most important roles as outdoor classrooms is to teach about the natural environment. The Refuge's education program focuses on increasing understanding of the ecological significance of the area and developing an appreciation of prairie wetlands and associated biological diversity. Opportunities include school field trips, guided tours and classroom presentations. All activities are free and include an outdoor or indoor option in case of inclement weather. Contact the Refuge to schedule a program. 

  • Photography


    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges over the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will suit most visitors just fine. Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife and naturally, national wildlife refuges are at the top of the list. Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, viewing areas, hiking trails and tour routes. Wildlife photography is a high-priority public use of the National Wildlife Refuge System. We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to capture images of their outdoor adventures.