Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

Contact Information


  • Adults (18-64): $10, Seniors (65+): $8, Youth (ages 6-17): $5, 5 and under: Free


    • May 26, 2018 - September 2, 2018


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  • Travel Hwy 53 North from Duluth for approximately 2 hours. One mile South of Orr, turn left by the Dam restaurant onto CR 23 (also called Nett Lake Road). Go 13.3 miles and look for the Sanctuary signs on the right.

Other Date Information

  • Open Tuesday through Sunday; closed Mondays except for some holidays; Visitors may arrive between 5pm-8pm and stay on the viewing deck until dusk. Please note that because of our open viewing deck, the sanctuary must close during inclement weather.

Green Practices

  • Desc of Green Practices in Place: Much of our bear food is donated from companies that would have otherwise just thrown the food away, we re-use packaging materials, we recycle whatever we can, and our volunteers keep water and electricity consumption to a bare minimum.
  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Breakfast with the Bears & Book Signing with Stan Tekiela

    Breakfast with the Bears & Book Signing with Stan Tekiela

    12541 Nett Lake Road
    Orr, MN 55771
    Call: (218) 757-0172

    This is a limited time opportunity to experience a morning breakfast with the bears. Share your quiet morning period watching the early morning dew sparkle on the backs of our morning bears visiting the sanctuary. We’ve developed this program as a chance to see different bears that only frequent the sanctuary in the early morning hours. This is a favorable occasion to gain photos using early morning light. Come and join us for a superb continental breakfast and watch early dawn bear activity from the safety and comfort of our viewing deck.
    This year, we are having a special guest appear on August 7th at Breakfast with the Bears AND at public hours from 5 PM to 8 PM. Stan Tekiela, author of BEARS: Black, Brown & Polar Bears as well as numerous field guides will be doing a book signing!

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