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


Features

  • Proposed Change to Hunt Program

    Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge's hunting program and is seeking public comment.

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  • Rice Lake Wildlife Drive

    Enjoy the Wildlife Drive

    Our 9.5 self-guided auto tour is open from sunrise to sunset. Delight in scenic views and wildlife sightings!

  • Friends of Rice Lake Logo Featuring a Ring Necked Duck

    Friends of Rice Lake NWR

    The National Wildlife Refuge System owes its existence to dedicated citizens. See what Rice Lake's dedicated Friends are up to!

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  • Blue Goose

    National Wildlife Refuge System

    We are only one of more than 560 refuges in the US. This map shows the network of public land dedicated to protecting habitat for wildlife!

    National Wildlife Refuge System Map

  • Monarch Butterflies Migrating

    Butterfly Wings Fill The Sky

    The monarchs are arriving in the Mexican sanctuaries.

    Massive Arrival at the Sanctuaries

Refuge Updates

Refuge Trails

Hiking trails and the wildlife drive remain open from sunrise to sunset daily. Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air while practicing social distancing! Please only visit if you are feeling healthy. We ask you to stay home if you're feeling sick.

More Information
Hiking Trails Map

Hiking Trails Map

The refuge offers almost five miles of hiking trails. Click below for a map and important information to know before you visit!

Hiking Trails Map

Hunting Map

Rice Lake Hunting Map & Regulations

Rice Lake Refuge offers small game, woodcock, snipe and deer hunting during state seasons. Download the map and regulations PDF for detailed information.

Hunting Map & Regulations

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

NWRS Logo

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