Visitor Activities

Visitor Activities
  • Wildlife Viewing

    Viewing Wildlife

    The Platte River Trail takes you through prairie, woodland, riverine and wetland habitats, where a variety of wildlife lives. Waterfowl, songbirds, sandhill cranes, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and more may be seen as you hike along the trail. Two observation platforms along the way help you get a closer look at wildlife and beautiful scenery.

    Bird Checklist (PDF) 


  • Interpretation

    Interpreter with Hawk

    Follow signs with clues to help Carly Crane solve the mystery of her missing egg, as you walk a self-guided loop at the beginning of the Platte River Trail. Interpretive programs for schools and other groups, as well as guided walks, may be offered throughout the spring, summer and fall. Contact the refuge or Friends of Crane Meadows for more information. 

    For current and upcoming events, visit our Event Schedule.

  • Hunting

    Young Hunter with Turkey

    A fall white-tailed deer hunt is offered to persons with disabilities. Dates of the hunt will vary from year to year, but it typically will be held during the first few weeks of October. Each hunter will be assigned a blind. Options, Inc. will be conducting the selection process for this hunt. Information can be obtained by calling the refuge office at (320) 632-1575.

    Accessible Hunting Regulations and Map


  • Environmental Education

    Child in Bald Eagle Costume

    Classes and groups are invited to visit the refuge and use the Platte River Trail for education programs. Contact the refuge office at (320) 632-1575 for information and trip planning assistance.

  • Photography

    Wildlife Photographer

    Birds and other wildlife may be photographed if you walk slowly and quietly along the Platte River Trail. Although the best time to see wildlife is in the morning, just after sunrise, or in the evening, before dusk, wildflowers and scenery may be photographed anytime during daylight hours.

  • Fishing

    Kid Fishing

    Fishing is not allowed at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.