Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • Junior Ranger Keychain

    Calling all Junior Refuge Rangers!

    Become a Jr Refuge Ranger by picking up or downloading the booklet and completing five exploratory-based activities!

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  • Proposed Change to Hunt Program

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

    Learn More

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    Get Outside this Summer!

    Check out the Just for Kids page for scavenger hunts and other activities for your backyard or the refuge.

    Just For Kids

  • Wildlife Drive

    Wildlife Drive Open

    Enjoy the views along the seven-mile loop from your vehicle, bike or on foot! Open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

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    Sherburne Photography Club

    Interested in sharing your work and learning more about photography? They welcome you to join them on the second Wednesday of every month!

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Refuge Updates

Recreate Responsibly

Blue Hill, Mahnomen and OSLC hiking trails, along with the wildlife drive, fishing access points and designated canoe route, remain open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset daily. The interior of the refuge is closed to the public through August 31 due to wildlife sanctuary. Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air while maintaining social distancing! Please visit only if you are feeling healthy. We ask you to stay home if you're feeling sick.

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Recent Sightings and Guides

Are you wondering what you will see while visiting? Check our Recent Sightings and Guides page to see sightings recorded by staff and visitors using eBird or iNaturalist. Electronic field guides specific to the refuge can also be found there.

Recent Sightings and Guides
Refuge Map, Trails & Regulations

Refuge Regulations and Map

The refuge offers a variety of recreational opportunities. The Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive is open vehicles for the season! Brande Road is closed to vehicle traffic for the season and will reopen on September 1st. Reference the brochure for important information to know before you visit.

Public Use Regulations & Map Brochure

Hunting Regulations & Map

Hunting Regulations & Map

The refuge offers waterfowl, small game and deer hunting during state seasons. Brande Rd. off Sherburne County Road 9 opens Sept. 1 until winter closure warrants closure. Brande Rd. will be maintained for vehicle access to Long Pool through firearms deer season.

Hunting Regulations & Map Brochure

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.

Learn more about the NWRS