A woman with a braid in her hair looking through binoculars at a scrubby landscape

Depending on the season, songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl abound throughout the refuge. An early morning hike or drive can provide the the visitor with an enchanting symphony of sounds. Check out the Bird Checklist!

In mid-October, thousands of ducks, geese and swans on Rice Lake can be viewed from the elevated observation platform along the Wildlife Drive. Fall duck populations are greatly tied to the wild rice produced on Rice Lake and average peak numbers are 200,000 individuals.