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    Monarch Butterfly Art Ice Shanty

    Join the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the art exhibit on frozen Lake Harriet with more than 20 themed ice shanty structures.

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  • 2017 Conservation Internship - photo

    Interested in Conservation Biology?

    Refuge Friends Inc is accepting applications for summer Conservation Biology interns!

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  • Non lead slug

    Why switch ammunition?

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

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Visitor Center Hours

The Bloomington Education and Visitor Center is open Wednesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center is open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Need Equipment?


Both visitor centers have snowshoes and binoculars you can borrow for FREE that fit the entire family. Please note: we need six inches of snow to check out snowshoes.

Old Cedar Ave. Road Project

Old Cedar Ave Bridge

There will be no through trail access, parking or bridge access for the duration of the project.

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Recreation Passes

America the Beautiful Passes

Federal Lands Pass

Senior, Senior Annual, Annual, Military, Access, and Every Kid in a Park (4th Grade) passes are available at our Bloomington Visitor Center.

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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.

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