The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues special use permits under various wildlife laws and treaties. Special use permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activities to occur.
Special use permits are issued at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge for compatible secondary uses such as research, commercial still and video photography. Contact the Refuge Manager for more information at 218-687-2229 x. 16.
There is no pass or special entry fee for Rydell National Wildlife Refuge.
A series of passes covers the entrance and standard amenity fees charged for using federal recreational lands – including some national wildlife refuges.
Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System website for more information about passes.
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Trumpeter swans, the largest of North American waterfowl, can be seen on the Refuge throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Rydell NWR provides nesting habitat in the form of fresh water marshes, ponds and lakes, giving visitors the unique opportunity to annually observe breeding pairs along with their cygnets (young).