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

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Confluence Art Gallery

    View the virtual art exhibit "Nature Walk", by artist Mary Lingen on display July 12 - September 3, 2021

    Click to view the gallery

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    Bloomington Pride Festival

    Join Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge at the Bloomington Pride Festival, August 14, 2021!

    More information

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    Nature Play Area is open!

    Learn more about the new Nature Play Area at the Old Cedar Avenue trail head

    Nature Play Area

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    Beginning Birding Walks

    They're back! Join volunteer ranger Craig for bird walks this summer:

    Bird Walks Information


Visitor Center Hours

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Meet us at our Visitor Centers! Staff will be available to assist visitors outside while our buildings remain closed. Check the link below for hours.

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Round Lake Unit Updates

Round Lake by Nicole Menard/USFWS

The Refuge remains engaged in the clean up of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant at Round Lake. Public comment period open July 9-August 13. Read about the preferred alternative by clicking the link below:

Round Lake Unit Management and Restoration

America the Beautiful Passes

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We are unable to issue passes at this time. Please call and check-in with the site where you would plan to use your pass. Some federal sites are not collecting fees currently and a pass is not needed. If a site has resumed collecting fees, you should be able to purchase a pass at their entrance gate or first fee collecting station. We apologize for the inconvenience. Some passes are available for purchase through the U.S. Geological Survey online store - More advice about pass purchases is available here:

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Hunting Information

Sunrise duck hunt by USFWS

Attention hunters! You can find current information about hunting at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge by visiting our hunting webpage. Download a copy of our hunting brochure to take along with you too!

Hunting Information
Maintenance Projects

Construction and Maintenance Projects

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Throughout 2020 - 2021 there are numerous construction and maintenance projects that will impact Refuge trails and buildings. Visit the Construction and Maintenance webpage for more information.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Confluence Gallery

Confluence Art Gallery

Refuge by Mary Lingen

View the virtual art exhibit "Nature Walk", by artist Mary Lingen on display July 12 - September 3, 2021 . The Confluence Gallery is presented in partnership with Artistry and Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends.

Click to view the gallery

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