Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

  • Lead Free

    Why Switch Ammunition?

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

    Learn more about hunting with non-lead

  • 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 over 560 refuges in the US. This map shows the network of public land dedicated to protecting habitat for wildlife!

    National Wildlife Refuge System Map

  • Monthly Monarch September

    Monarchs on the Move

    The monarchs have started their annual migration to Mexico. Each day they find roosting sights along the way. Roosts help reveal their path.

    Report Your Sightings

Hunting Map and Regulations

Christmas Bird Count

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Join us for our Annual Christmas Bird Count on December 21. See and learn about many winter bird species! All experience levels welcome.

More Information

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
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

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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