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Rice Lake
National Wildlife Refuge

pair of ring-necked ducks with water and cattails behind
36289 State Highway 65
McGregor, MN   55760
E-mail: ricelake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 218-768-2402
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Rice Lake is known for its tremendous number of ring-necked ducks.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
School and community groups are welcome at the refuge. Environmental education programs are available. Please call ahead to organize a visit.

Rice Lake Refuge is a destination for northern pike anglers. The fish bite hard in the spring and fall. Fishing access is available at the Rice River, Mandy Lake, and Twin Lakes. Shore fishing, canoes, and boats with electric motors are welcome. Winter ice-fishing opportunities are also available at Mandy Lake. On the Sandstone Unit, anglers can hike to the Kettle River. State regulations apply.

The refuge is open to small game, woodcock, snipe and archery deer in accordance with state regulations. A special firearms deer hunt is also available by application and permit. Closed areas are in effect; please acquire a refuge hunting brochure for regulations and zones.

Rice Lake Refuge has a nine-mile, self-guided, wildlife drive which will take you through the major habitat types and historical areas of the refuge. The drive is open year-round, sunrise to sunset, with the exception of heavy snow periods, when portions may be closed. A brochure is available. Informational kiosks are located at the main parking area of the Sandstone Unit.

Wildlife Observation
The wildlife drive will lead you to the observation tower and scope on Rice Lake, an excellent spot to view water-loving creatures on the lake. Hiking trails are located in the central portion of the refuge. In addition, roads which are closed to driving offer excellent opportunities to view wildlife undisturbed. These trails are groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter.

The Sandstone Unit offers the wildlife enthusiast and/or photographer breath-taking scenery in an unaltered landscape. Rock outcroppings, wildlife, scenic vistas, and the Kettle River all offer excellent opportunities to the hiker or skier who is willing to traverse the remote areas.

Refuge Headquarters - Open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Visitor Center - Open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Wildlife Drive/Outdoor Facilities - Open daily, sunrise to sunset (year-round).

Entrance Fees
This refuge does not require an entrance fee.

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