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


  • Citizen Science

    Plan your visit

    There are many safe and enjoyable things to do at the Refuge. Want to make a plan?

    Visitor Activities

  • Flooded LML Trail 4/25/18

    Trail Conditions

    Please see the most up to date information for trail conditions and pending or current closures here:

    Trail Conditions

  • Yellow-rumped warbler

    It's Spring Migration Season!

    Spring is a great time to get outside and spot migratory birds!

    Birding at the Refuge

  • Bicycling at the Refuge by FWS

    Bicycling at the Refuge

    Cycling on our trails can be a safe and fun family activity. Want to take a ride?

    Bicycling Information

  • Canada Goose

    Hunting on the Refuge

    Find maps and regulations for hunting on Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

    Hunting Information


ALERT: Spring Flooding

Flooded LML Trail 4/25/18

Seasonal flooding has begun, and closures of Refuge Trails are occurring. Know before you go:

Refuge Trail Conditions

Visitor Center Hours

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To ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers and employees, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge visitor centers in Bloomington and Carver, MN are closed starting Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. Trails remain open from sunrise to sunset, but be aware of spring flood closures.

Click for more information

America the Beautiful Passes

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While our visitor center is closed, we are temporarily suspending in-person America the Beautiful Pass sales. Online purchase is still available.

More information

Hunting Information

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Attention hunters! You can find current information about hunting on the Refuge by visiting our Rules and Regulations page. Download a copy of our hunting brochure to take along with you too!

Hunting Information
Maintenance Projects

Construction and Maintenance Projects

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Throughout 2019-2020 there will be vehicle and equipment traffic on Long Meadow Lake trail. Visit the Construction and Maintenance webpage for more information.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Nature At Your Fingertips

Discover Minnesota Valley NWR

Discover Nature App

Download our refuge apps for Apple and Android to play our wildlife trivia game or learn about the refuge through virtual signs.

Nature at Your Fingertips

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