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


Features

  • Sunset over a calm wetland bordered by green grasses and a deciduous tree on the left bank.

    Wildlife Drive Closed

    The Wildlife Drive west of Mandy Lake is closed to vehicle access for the season. Hiking trails remain open from sunrise to sunset.

  • 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!

    Learn More

  • 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

Ski Trail Updates

XC Ski

Are you ready to hit the cross-country ski trails? Trails originating from Mandy Lake were groomed for classic cross-country skiing on Tuesday, January 19 and they are in good condition! Skis are not available for rent, you must bring your own equipment.

Refuge Trails

Hiking trails 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

A map of the refuge, our trails and important information to know before you visit are included in the PDF below.

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