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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain 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


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    Trail Conditions

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

    Trail Report

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    Blue Lake Update

    Blue Lake in the Wilkie Unit has reopened to visitation. For more information follow the link.

    Resource Management

  • Register for Virtual Lessons

    Invite a naturalist into your virtual classroom this winter season!

    For Educators

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    Nature Play Area is open!

    Learn more about the new Nature Play Area at the Old Cedar Avenue trail head

    Nature Play Area


Visitor Center Hours

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Currently we are in Phase 1 of re-opening and some staff are returning to limited field and maintenance work. The lands and waters of the Refuge are open, however offices and visitor centers will remain closed. We anticipate re-opening the Visitor Center during Phase 3, on a timeline that will depend on state and local conditions and may move forward or backward in phases to adapt to current conditions

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Confluence Art Gallery

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Our first exhibition for the Confluence Gallery will be announced soon! We are excited to share in this new partnership with the Artistry organization to help manage our art gallery space at our Bloomington Education and Visitor Center!

The Confluence Gallery

Hunting Information

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Attention hunters! You can find current information about hunting at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge by visiting our hunting webpage. Download a copy of our hunting brochure to take along with you too!

Hunting Information

America the Beautiful Passes

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We are unable to issue passes at this time. Please call and check-in with the site where you would plan to use your pass. Some federal sites are not collecting fees currently and a pass is not needed. If a site has resumed collecting fees, you should be able to purchase a pass at their entrance gate or first fee collecting station. We apologize for the inconvenience. Some passes are available for purchase through the U.S. Geological Survey online store - More advice about pass purchases is available here:

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Maintenance Projects

Construction and Maintenance Projects

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Throughout 2020 - 2021 there are numerous construction and maintenance projects that will impact Refuge trails and buildings. Visit the Construction and Maintenance webpage for more information.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Nature At Your Fingertips

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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