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Hamden Slough
National Wildlife Refuge

male ruddy duck on the water
26624 North Tower Road
Detroit Lakes, MN   56501
E-mail: hamdenslough@fws.gov
Phone Number: 218-847-4431
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Many species of waterfowl, including ruddy ducks, rely on the shallow water and prairie habitat that has been restored on the refuge.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Spring and fall tours are provided to teachers and students. The refuge staff orients students with a classroom presentation, followed by a bus/walking tour of the refuge.

Orientation to the transition zone is provided to office visitors. Eastern forest soils are adjacent to the refuge and rapidly change to prairie soils on the refuge's west side. Dramatic changes from forest to prairie vegetation can be observed from the refuge office.

Wildlife Observation
County and Township roads provide access to much of the refuge. Excellent wildlife viewing is available at the intersection of County Roads #13 and #14, Bisson Lake, during May and June. Waterfowl migration peaks between late April and early May. Shorebird and prairie songbird numbers peak from middle- to late-May. Bird watchers have observed as many as 78 species within 400 yards of the office. The Hesby Memorial Overlook with walkway is 0.5 miles east of the refuge office.

Refuge Headquarters - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday, when staff is available. Please call ahead. Outdoor Facilities - Open daily, dawn to dusk (year-round).

Entrance Fees
There is no entrance fee.

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