Plan Your Visit

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Refuge lands and trails, including trailhead restrooms, are open daily from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Directions, Address & Contact Info

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is located in east central Minnesota, approximately 50 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and 30 miles southeast of St. Cloud. Directions from neighboring cities; additional maps and brochures.

Call: 763-389-3323 staff extensions

Refuge Headquarters:17076 293rd Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN 55398

  • Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday
  • Visit here for information, indoor restrooms and drinking fountain and the Friend's Eagle's Nest Nature Store*
  • Wearing a mask is required in this building, regardless of vaccination status 
*Headquarters location of the Eagle's Nest Nature Store is currently closed to the public.

Oak Savanna Learning Center: 16797 289th Ave NW, Zimmerman, MN 55398
  • Typically open for refuge events, school field trips and conservation-related meetings by appointment
  • Wearing a mask is required in this building, regardless of vaccination status

Points of Interest

The refuge is open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, seven days a week. 

Visitors may stop at Refuge Headquarters on Sherburne County Road 9 to pick up information for their visit, get updates on current wildlife sightings and visit the Friends of Sherburne's Eagle's Nest Nature Store*. 

The nearby Blue Hill, Mahnomen and Oak Savanna Learning Center Trails offer great scenery and wildlife watching and are open year round for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

The Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive is open to vehicles spring through late fall and year-round to hiking and biking. It features the Bur Oak Welcome Station, four wildlife observation decks, the quarter-mile Bur Oak Trail, the half-mile Prairie Trail and half-mile Woodland Trail. Interpretive signs and abundant wildlife help to make your visit both educational and memorable. The Wildlife Drive is currently closed to vehicle access for the season and will reopen in spring 2022 when road conditions allow.

Outdoor restrooms are open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset daily at trailheads year-round and at the Wildlife Drive from spring through late fall.

Wildlife Sanctuary

The majority of the refuge is designated a wildlife sanctuary and closed to all public access from March 1 to August 31 to allow wildlife to breed and raise their young free from human disturbance. From September 1 to February 28, service roads are open to hiking and biking. Additionally, off-trail hiking is allowed, along with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months.

Areas that remain open year-round: Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive, designated hiking trails, designated canoe route and fishing access points. Reference the Public Use Regulations and Brochure for details. 

Know Before You Go

Insect repellent is recommended if you are visiting in warm months, especially in  June through mid-August. In spring and early summer, wood and deer ticks are common and it is recommended that you check yourself thoroughly after a visit to remove any unwanted hitchhikers. Bring drinking water and sunscreen for your spring, summer and early fall visits.

Hunting occurs on the refuge in the fall and winter months and blaze orange or other bright colored clothing is recommended while hiking refuge service roads or Mahnomen Trail (Mahnomen is in an area open to hunting during the November nine-day firearm deer season). Reference the Hunting Regulations and Map Brochure for details. Neon vests are available for check-out when Refuge Headquarters is open (see above for hours).

Nature's Calendar

Take a look at our Nature's Calendar Brochure or Recent Sightings page to see what wildlife you may encounter during your next visit, or use it to plan your next visit around that certain species you wish to see!