Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Light Goose Conservation Season Dates

Light Goose Conservation Season: February 1-28, 2021 East Unit – Sat, Sun, Tues. Gate open 5:00am-12:30pm. Pace & Middleton – 7 days/week



2020-2021 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations

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Updates for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season are now available online. There are many new changes, including the online only brochure. Please read the updated webpage carefully.

Click here for the 2020-2021 Hunting webpage

Visitor Brochures

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Before you visit, make sure to find the most recent copy of our brochures, trail guides, species lists, and more online.

Plan Your Visit

New! Species Checklists

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Curious what bird, butterfly, dragonfly, or mammal you saw? Take a new species list with you!

Find the lists here!
Featured Stories

Making a Difference


The refuge's volunteers make many wonderful things happen for wildlife and people! They construct boardwalks and cabinets; teach outdoor education classes and lead nature walks; band geese and help restore native prairie; run the Visitor Information Station and maintain trails; and many other valuable efforts that make the refuge a better place wildlife and you.

Get Involved

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS