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National Wildlife Refuge

male lesser scaup with cattails to right and water in background
17788 349th St. SE (Polk County 210)
Erskine, MN   56535
E-mail: rydell@fws.gov
Phone Number: 218-687-2229
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Rydell Refuge provides habitat for a diversity of wildlife, inclduing waterfowl such as lesser scaup.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
School visits are available by prior scheduling.

A fishing pier located on Tamarac Lake is open for fishing from May 1 to November 1, following State regulations. Panfish, walleye, bass, northern pike, bullhead, and carp are present. The pier can be accessed on foot or by bicycle (2.2 miles from the visitors center). Other arrangements will be made for the disabled. Please inquire at the visitor center or the main office.

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge hosts an annual hunt for people with disabilities in October. Twenty hunters can be accommodated. To receive an application, contact the Options Resource Center for Independent Living in East Grand Forks, Minnesota (218-773-6100).

A youth deer hunt is held each year for youths aged 12-15 with a valid hunters education certificate. Twenty youths can be accommodated, and each must be accompanied by a non-hunting mentor. For more information, contact the refuge.

For additional deer hunting opportunties, please contact the refuge.

The refuge visitors center contains numerous interpretive displays, trail maps, self-guided tour maps and a current bird-sighting list. Binoculars are available to check out. The Friends of Rydell Refuge Association has a small bookstore where numerous books and gift items can be purchased. Opportunities to view various bird species are available at the visitors center bird feeders and native wildflower gardens. Programs on numerous environmental topics, associated with field tours, are provided by the Refuge Friends Association in the visitor center each Sunday during the summer. Contact the refuge for further information.

Wildlife Observation
The refuge has over seven miles of trails, of which five miles are paved. Five roofed shelters, numerous benches and two portable restrooms are located along the trails. Four electric golf carts are available for tours for the elderly and people with disabilities by prior arrangement. Qualifying family groups of up to seven can be accommodated on one cart. Carts can accommodate groups of up to 16. All carts are operated by designated volunteers or refuge staff.

In winter, trails are groomed for cross-country ski use and wildlife viewing. Snowshoeing is also allowed and a few pairs of snowshoes are available at the visitor center for checkout during open hours.

Refuge headquarters - open 7:30 am to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Visitor center hours are subject to change. Contact refuge for current hours of operation.

Trail Systems - Open daily, ½ hour before sunrise to sunset year round. Closed during deer hunts. Parking is available outside main refuge gate for visitors who arrive after or before regular visitor center hours.

Entrance Fees
This refuge does not require an entrance fee.

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