This 43,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge hosts more than 250 species of birds and is a premier production site for trumpeter swans. Features nesting bald eagles, golden-winged warblers, otters, porcupine, wolves and more. An auto tour route and visitor center offer spectacular vistas of marshes, trees and wildlife. A gift shop of wildlife books and locally made crafts serves as a fundraiser for educational programs and habitat enhancements. Enjoy hiking trails, historic sites, hunting & fishing. The refuge is in a transition zone where tallgrass prairie, hardwood and pine forests converge, making it a haven for an abundance of wildlife. The area is characterized by gently rolling hills, pristine lakes, streams, bogs, marshes, meadows and woodlands.
Timber wolves, white-tailed deer, black bear, fisher, river otter and moose are some of the 40 mammals that make their home here. Bird migration in spring and fall is spectacular! Common loon, trumpeter swan, wood duck, bald eagle, ruffed grouse, pileated woodpecker, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting and 28 species of warblers are just a few of the 250+ bird species that can be seen on the refuge. Attend the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds and enjoy a guided birding tour of Tamarac as part of the activities!
A self-guided auto tour route and hiking trails provide visitors with an opportunity for exploration and a closer look at refuge habitats and wildlife. Binoculars and a camera are essential for your visit. Contact the refuge for a schedule of summer programs.
Several lakes are open for fishing and species most sought-after include northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass and panfish. A Fishing Map and Regulations booklet is available for more information.
Spectacular autumn colors invite ruffed grouse hunters to walk trails in search of this elusive bird. The refuge is also open for other small game, waterfowl and deer. A Hunting Map and Regulations booklet is available for more information.