7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Federal Holidays
The refuge is open daily from dawn until dusk for all approved outdoor activities.
From the north, take U.S. HWY 2 to Polk County Road 210. Travel south on Polk County Road 210 approximately 2.5 miles to the refuge entrance.
From the south, take U.S. HWY 59 to Polk County Road 41. Turn west on Polk County Road 41 and follow the signs approximately 9 miles to the refuge entrance.
**Please be aware that Google Maps currently directs visitors to the west end of the Refuge, not the main entrance gate, when traveling from the south. Rydell National Wildlife Refuge17788 349th St. SEErskine, MN 56535Phone: (218) 687-2229Fax: (218) 687-2225Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Brochures
Points of InterestRydell NWR is one of the most accessible refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Refuge seasonal Visitor Center provides information about the local wildlife and serves as the starting point for the seven-mile trail system that includes five miles of paved trails for easy accessibility. Five trails are open to hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Gazebos on the trails offer opportunities to watch and photograph wildlife. Contact Refuge staff prior to your visit if you have special access needs. Know Before You GoWhen planning a trip to the Refuge, it is important to wear appropriate footwear for hiking and to dress for the weather. Consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable. Don’t forget your camera!
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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).