• Army Corps of Engineers

    USACE seeks to improve habitat on refuge

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, seeking public input on its plan to construct 6 water level mgmt structures for the refuge.

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    Looking for a summer internship?

    We have a couple of different options for internships on the refuge and Wetland Management District this summer!

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    Summer RV Volunteers Wanted!

    The refuge and Wetland Management District are currently recruiting for RV volunteers for a couple of different opportunities!

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    Snowshoes are available!

    We finally have enough snow for snowshoeing! Adult & youth sizes are available for FREE check out at both the Bloomington & Rapids Lake VCs.

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    Have fun and learn!

    The refuge offers many different programs and events throughout the year. Check often to find an event for you.

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Current Education & Visitor Center Hours

Bloomington: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Rapids Lake: Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Old Cedar Ave. Road Project

Old Cedar Ave Bridge

The City of Bloomington has released the Old Cedar Avenue area, and it is once again open! First phases of construction are complete, and plans are moving along for the second phase, to include construction of a shelter and restrooms.

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Recreation Passes

America the Beautiful Passes

Federal Lands Pass

Annual and Lifetime passes are in stock! Purchase your pass at our Bloomington visitor center to support Refuge visitor services projects and programs. (cash or check only).

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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.

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