Two children looking at a herd of elk from the bed of a carriage in a snowy landscape with mountains in the background

Two Rivers is an excellent place to watch wildlife.  Located on the Mississippi Flyway the refuge has many opportunities to view different migratory bird species at various times of the year.  Three major habitat types in the refuge (wetlands, grasslands, and forests) provide for their own unique suite of birds, some large like the trumpeter swan and some very small like warblers and wrens.

The refuge is also home to many terrestrial animals like mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.  It is fairly common to see white-tailed deer, otter, mink, turtles, snakes, and even an occasional bobcat.

Please reference the trail brochure or contact the refuge headquarters for locations you can walk and drive, and for guidelines on area closures during refuge sanctuary season (Oct 16 - Dec 31 yearly).