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National Wildlife Refuge

green heron with shrubs in foreground and water behind
17076 293rd Ave.
Zimmerman, MN   55398
E-mail: sherburne@fws.gov
Phone Number: 763-389-3323
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The refuge's natural wetlands and water impoundments provide habitat for water birds such as this green heron.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental education programs are available for organized groups and the public to learn about the refuge. Contact the refuge office for more information.

Fishing is permitted on the St. Francis River at designated access points (see refuge map). State regulations apply.

Hunting for small game, waterfowl, and big game is permitted on the refuge for certain species, in designated areas, in accordance with State and Federal laws. Current regulations and a map of open areas can be found in the refuge hunting leaflet. Blinds for hunters with disabilities are available by reservation during waterfowl and firearms deer seasons.

Interpretation of refuge resources is provided for the public through guided birding programs, volunteer wildlife interpreters stationed on the Wildlife Drive, and special events co-sponsored by the Friends of Sherburne. Interpretive panels are located on the Wildlife Drive and the hiking trails.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife observation and photography opportunites are available throughout the year during daylight hours. The Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive, a 7.3-mile loop road, is open from late April through October. Two scenic hiking trails, the Blue Hill and the Mahnomen, provide a total of nearly eight miles of easy walking. Both trails are open for cross-country skiing in the winter ungroomed).

Refuge Headquarters - Open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Wildlife Drive - Open mid-April through October during daylight hours. Outdoor Facilities - The Blue Hill and Mahnomen trails are open year-round during daylight hours. Most refuge lands are open to the public from September 1 to February 28. The majority of the refuge is designated a wildlife sanctuary and closed to all public access from March 1 to August 31 to allow wildlife to breed and raise their young free from human disturbance. During the sanctuary period, the Blue Hill and Mahnomen hiking trails, the wildlife drive, and fishing access points on the St. Francis River remain open for public use.

Entrance Fees
This refuge does not require an entrance fee.

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