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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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


  • Bloomington EVC

    Visitor Centers Closed

    Our visitor centers are currently closed. More information via link below

    More information

  • Citizen Science

    Plan your visit

    There are many safe and enjoyable things to do at the Refuge. Want to make a plan?

    Visitor Activities

  • Flooded LML Trail 4/25/18

    Trail Conditions

    Please see the most up to date information for trail conditions and pending or current closures here:

    Trail Conditions

  • Bicycling at the Refuge by FWS

    Bicycling at the Refuge

    Cycling on our trails can be a safe and fun family activity. Want to take a ride?

    Bicycling Information


Visitor Center Hours

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Currently we are in Phase 1 of re-opening and some staff are returning to limited field and maintenance work. The lands and waters of the Refuge are open, however offices and visitor centers will remain closed. We anticipate re-opening the Visitor Center during Phase 3, on a timeline that will depend on state and local conditions and may move forward or backward in phases to adapt to current conditions

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ALERT: Trail Conditions

Flooded LML Trail 4/25/18

Closures of Refuge trails may exist due to construction, flood conditions, and more. Know before you go:

Refuge Trail Conditions

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:

More information

Hunting Information

Sunrise duck hunt by USFWS

Attention hunters! You can find current information about hunting on the Refuge by visiting our Rules and Regulations page. 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 2019-2020 there will be vehicle and equipment traffic on Long Meadow Lake trail. Visit the Construction and Maintenance webpage for more information.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Nature At Your Fingertips

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Discover Nature App

Download our refuge apps for Apple and Android to play our wildlife trivia game or learn about the refuge through virtual signs.

Nature at Your Fingertips

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