Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

  • Lake Harriet Kite Festival

    Lake Harriet Kite Festival

    Join refuge staff & volunteers in the community at the Lake Harriet Kite Festival! Sat, January 26 from 12-4 pm. Free fun for all ages!

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  • Snowshoeing

    Have fun and learn!

    The refuge offers many different programs and events throughout the year. Check often to find an event for you.

    Click here for programs and events

  • Non lead slug

    Why switch ammunition?

    Lead exposure and poisoning occurs at high percentages in bald eagles found dead in the Midwest.

    Learn more about hunting with non-lead

News

Current Education & Visitor Center Hours

Bloomington: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Rapids Lake: Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Old Cedar Ave. Road Project

Old Cedar Ave Bridge

The City of Bloomington has released the Old Cedar Avenue area, and it is once again open! First phases of construction are complete, and plans are moving along for the second phase, to include construction of a shelter and restrooms.

Learn more about the project
Recreation Passes

America the Beautiful Passes

Federal Lands Pass

Due to government shutdown, Annual and Senior Annual passes and Annual Window Decals are unavailable. Lifetime passes are still available at our Bloomington Visitor Center (cash or check only).

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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