Plan Your Visit

Canoeing the Refuge

Directions, Address & Contact Info


Uniquely located in North Central Minnesota where the pines meet the prairie, Tamarac Refuge can be found just 18 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, MN or 25 miles west of Park Rapids, MN.

Contact Us:
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
35704 County Hwy 26, Rochert, MN 56578
Phone: 218-847-2641 Email:

Point of Interest

Escape to the wilderness at this 43,000-acre wildlife Refuge. A visitor center and wildlife drive offer spectacular vistas of the pristine lakes and marshes that host an abundance of wildlife. Enjoy hiking trails, historic sites, hunting and fishing.

The Visitor Center offers great views, active bird feeders and current wildlife watching information. 

Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:00pm year round

Open 4th of July, closed other Federal Holidays

Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm mid-May to mid-Oct

1st & 3rd Sundays 10:00am - 5:00pm Nov to mid-May

Know Before You Go

When planning a trip to the Refuge, it is important to dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes for walking. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a camera. 


Pets are welcome, however must be leashed or kept under control at all times. Trapping does occur on portions of the refuge for wildlife management purposes through the winter months and pets, especially dogs, could unintentionally be caught.

Download a Refuge Map