Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is 2,000 acres of tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, and wetlands with dense stands of wild rice. It supports one of the largest nesting populations of greater sandhill cranes in Minnesota. Bald eagle, northern harrier, short-ear owl, great blue heron, and blue-winged teal are just some of the other birds that can be seen. Also, look for beavers, minks, muskrats,Blanding's turtles, fox, coyotes, and badgers.
Additional Date Information: Refuge Headquarters - Open 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday. (Please note: staff are often out of the office, working on the refuge.) Outdoor Facilities - The Platte River Trail is open year round during daylight hours for hiking, bird watching and als
Desc of Green Practices in Place: The Platte River Trail has been lined with crushed granite and is handicap accessible
From Little Falls, follow state Hwy 10 S approximately 2 mi and prepare for a left lane exit to Co hwy 35 East. Travel approximately 4.5 mi to the Platte R Bridge, after crossing the bridge, take the first left to the Platte R Trailhead and Refuge