Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Firewood Permits Available

    With a free special use permit, you can cut and remove trees on two Waterfowl Production Areas starting Jan. 1, 2021.

    Info and Instructions for Firewood Permits

  • Scheduling Your Visit

    Animals in Winter Educator Workshop

    Join us Jan. 6 for a free on-line workshop with Teach Outdoors! Minnesota

    Details and Registration Info

  • Winter 2021 Field Trips

    Distance learning and self-guided on-site options for teachers

    Winter 2021 Details

  • Big Eye

    The Compass to Nature

    Educators - our Compass to Nature can help guide your use of any outdoor classroom.

    The Compass to Nature

  • Mexico Monarchs AnnMarie Krmpotich/USFWS

    Monarchs On the Move

    Our monarchs are migrating to their wintering grounds in Mexico.

    Track their progress.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS