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


Features

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    Prescribed Burning Underway

    Prescribed burns will take place in April and May. Click the link for more information and locations

    Restoring Habitat with Fire

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    Confluence Art Gallery

    Announcing our first virtual exhibit in the newly rebranded Confluence Gallery. View the exhibition on display by local artist, Jodi Reeb

    Click to view the gallery

  • 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 Report

  • Proposed Change to Hunt Program

    The Refuge is proposing to update the refuge's hunting program and is seeking public comment.

    Hunting Program Comment Period Open

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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

News

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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Round Lake Unit Updates

The Refuge remains engaged in the clean up of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant at Round Lake. View the management plan and links to updates 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 - https://store.usgs.gov/recreational-passes. More advice about pass purchases is available here: https://store.usgs.gov/covid19update.

More information

Hunting Information

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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

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View the virtual art exhibit Botanical Expressions, by Minneapolis artist, Jodi Reeb on display March 8-April 30, 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

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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