Directions, Address & Contact InfoGlacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge is located in Polk County, in northwestern Minnesota, approximately 10 miles east of Crookston and is 6 miles west of Mentor along U.S. Highway 2. Download Glacial Ridge Map Glacial Ridge Refuge is managed by staff at nearby Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. Directions to Rydell NWR:
From the north, take U.S. HWY 2 to Polk CR 210. Travel south on Polk CR 210 approximately 2.5 miles to the Refuge entrance. From the south, take U.S. HWY 59 to Polk CR 41. Turn west on Polk CR 41 and follow the signs approximately nine miles to the Refuge entrance.
Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge17788 349th St. SEErskine, MN 56535Phone: (218) 687-2229Fax: (218) 687-2225E-Mail: Rydell@fws.gov
Download Glacial Ridge BrochurePoint of InterestGlacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge is the largest prairie-wetland restoration in the United States, offering some spectacular primitive wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether on a prairie hike or from the road, look for waterfowl, swans, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, a variety of prairie sparrows, and many other wildlife species. Additional resources regarding Glacial Ridge can be found at the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Know Before You GoGlacial Ridge NWR has few visitor facilities, so please be prepared for your visit! Information kiosks with maps are located at several parking lots around the Refuge. When planning a trip to the Refuge, it is important to wear appropriate footwear for hiking and to dress for the weather. Consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable. Don’t forget your camera!
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Sandhill cranes are known for their graceful, energetic dancing and unique loud, rolling trumpeting sound. These cranes tend to nest in isolated wetlands, marshes, bogs, wet meadows, prairies, and other moist habitats, preferring those with shallow standing water. While hiking through Glacial Ridge NWR, it is common to hear their unique call up to 2.5 miles away as they fly overhead.