Refuge trails are open during daylight hours, year-round. The trail is subject to flooding during high water events, for trail conditions or if you see a downed tree call the maintenance at 320-632-1575. Trails are closed to hunting but it is recommended to wear hunter orange during hunting season.

Primary Contact Information
911 in case of emergency
Crane Meadows current trail conditions: 320-632-1575
If you find injured wildlife

Platte River Trail

Open season: Open year round: Walking spring to fall, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Not open to biking or horseback riding
Location: Near the Maintenance Office
Amenities: parking lot, seasonal restroom, scenic viewpoints and benches along the trail
Description: The Platte River Trail begins and ends at the Platte River Trail parking lot, which is situated just off Morrison County 35 and the refuge entrance road. With three loops, you can choose your distance and explore several types of habitat, including oak savanna, prairies, wetlands and woodlands.
Design Elements
Surface: Crushed granite
Trail Length (mi)
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Estimated Time
30 minutes
Route Type
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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