Plan Your Visit

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

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. We do not have a visitor center, but information is available at Refuge Headquarters. Click here for directions to Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge from neighboring cities. For additional refuge maps, regulations, and brochures, reference our Maps page.

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
17076 293rd Avenue NW
Zimmerman, Minnesota 55398 

Hours: Refuge Headquarters is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed on weekends and federal holidays.

Phone: (763) 389-3323. For staff extensions, click here.


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 from spring through late fall and features four wildlife observation decks, the quarter-mile Oak Savanna 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. 

Know Before You Go

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. During this time, the areas available for public use are the seasonal Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive, the hiking trails, the St. Francis River canoe route, and fishing access points. Reference the Public Use Regulations and Brochure for details.

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 the Mahnomen Trail or refuge service roads. 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 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!