Contact Us

Refuge Contact Information


Rydell National Wildlife Refuge

17788 349th St. SE

Erskine, MN 56535


(218)687-2229 (Main Line)

(218)687-2225 (Fax)


Office Hours:

7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Closed Federal Holidays


Refuge Hours:

The refuge is open daily from dawn until dusk for all approved outdoor activities.


People with hearing impairments can reach Rydell through the Federal Information Relay System at 1-800-877-8339.


**Please be aware that Google Maps currently directs visitors to the west end of the refuge, not the main entrance gate. 


Refuge Manager

Gregg Knutsen

(218) 687-2229 ext. 16



Private Lands Biologist

Laurie Fairchild

(218) 687-2229 ext. 18



Wildlife Biologist

Ben Walker 

(218) 687-2229 ext. 12





Administrative Support Assistant

Lisa Wiersma

(218) 687-2229 ext. 10




Aspen Parklands Restoration Specialist-Audubon MN

Alex Wardwell

(218) 687-2229 ext. 11



Maintenance Worker

Jay Ciucci

(218) 687-2229 ext. 17



Friends of Rydell & Glacial Ridge Refuges Association