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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge


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3815 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN 55425
United States

(??.? miles from you)


Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge


(??.? miles from you)

3815 American Blvd. East
Bloomington, MN 55425
United States


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Why You Should Go...

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1976 to protect habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife and to provide environmental education to citizens in the area.

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Canoeing, boating, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and dog-walking are all available depending on the season. In winter, put your cross-country skis on and see parts of the refuge that are inaccessible throughout most of the year.

Snowshoeing is also popular and winter is a great time to look for animal tracks which are easy to see in the snow. The trail connects the Refuge to Fort Snelling State Park, Minnehaha Regional Park, Coldwater Spring, and the Big River Regional Trail.

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Why You Should Go...

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1976 to protect habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife and to provide environmental education to citizens in the area.

Stretching along the Minnesota River from the Fort Snelling area to Jordan, the refuge includes eight different units that provide resting, nesting, and feeding for many animals, waterfowl, and other migratory birds. Rare and more common native plants also thrive within the refuge's boundaries.

Canoeing, boating, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and dog-walking are all available depending on the season. In winter, put your cross-country skis on and see parts of the refuge that are inaccessible throughout most of the year.

Snowshoeing is also popular and winter is a great time to look for animal tracks which are easy to see in the snow. The trail connects the Refuge to Fort Snelling State Park, Minnehaha Regional Park, Coldwater Spring, and the Big River Regional Trail.

What You Should Know...

Open: Year-Round

Cost: Free

Access: Wheelchair, Public Transportation, Service Animals, Pets, Bicycle

Parking: Free On-site

Extra Fun...

Insider Info

Download the free Discover Minnesota Valley Game and Virtual Sign Apps before you arrive at the Refuge. Learn about the National Wildlife Refuge System and the Minnesota Valley NWR.

The Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center is located on the Rapids Lake unit of the refuge.

Two portable nature photography blinds are available for reservation for those looking to try out wildlife photography.

Fun Facts

Annually, the refuge areas receive approximately 140,000 visitors.

Over 200 species of birds can be found at the refuge, with over 100 species nesting here.

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge covers 14,000 acres of land dedicated to wildlife and wildlife-dependent recreation. The refuge's headquarters and Bloomington Visitor Center is located at the Long Meadow Lake refuge unit. It features an eight thousand square foot exhibit space.

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Why You Should Go...

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1976 to protect habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife and to provide environmental education to citizens in the area.

Stretching along the Minnesota River from the Fort Snelling area to Jordan, the refuge includes eight different units that provide resting, nesting, and feeding for many animals, waterfowl, and other migratory birds. Rare and more common native plants also thrive within the refuge's boundaries.

Canoeing, boating, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and dog-walking are all available depending on the season. In winter, put your cross-country skis on and see parts of the refuge that are inaccessible throughout most of the year.

Snowshoeing is also popular and winter is a great time to look for animal tracks which are easy to see in the snow. The trail connects the Refuge to Fort Snelling State Park, Minnehaha Regional Park, Coldwater Spring, and the Big River Regional Trail.

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What You Should Know...

Open: Year-Round

Cost: Free

Access: Wheelchair, Public Transportation, Service Animals, Pets, Bicycle

Parking: Free On-site

How You Can Follow...

EXTRA FUN

Insider Info

Download the free Discover Minnesota Valley Game and Virtual Sign Apps before you arrive at the Refuge. Learn about the National Wildlife Refuge System and the Minnesota Valley NWR.

The Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center is located on the Rapids Lake unit of the refuge.

Two portable nature photography blinds are available for reservation for those looking to try out wildlife photography.

Fun Facts

Annually, the refuge areas receive approximately 140,000 visitors.

Over 200 species of birds can be found at the refuge, with over 100 species nesting here.

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge covers 14,000 acres of land dedicated to wildlife and wildlife-dependent recreation. The refuge's headquarters and Bloomington Visitor Center is located at the Long Meadow Lake refuge unit. It features an eight thousand square foot exhibit space.

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