Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge3815 American Boulevard E
Bloomington, MN 55425
Visitor Center and Offices are at 3815 American Blvd. East, Bloomington. Please check website for various trailhead locations.Get Directions
Visit Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge any time of the year to enjoy natural habitats of Minnesota wildlife. Prairies, wetlands, bottom land forests and other woodlands provide a peek at wildlife on the edge of the Twin Cities urban community.
The Refuge offers free public programs, hiking, wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, some natural surface trail biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (no groomed trails) throughout 8 main units stretching along the Minnesota River from Ft. Snelling to Jordan. Two visitor and education centers provide orientation to activities in nature.
At the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, visitors can enjoy exhibits, videos, an art gallery, bird feeding station and nature store; or hike trails and view the valley from the overlook. Access the Visitor Center from 34th Avenue, south of Highway 494.
The Bloomington Education and Visitor Center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday September-May; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday June - August. Trails are open to the public sunrise to sunset, year round.
The Rapids Lake Education Center near Carver is used for school groups by reservation through our Environmental Education program. Trails are open to the public sunrise to sunset, year round.
Free admission to visitor centers and refuge lands. Brochures and information are available at visitor centers and parking areas throughout the refuge.
Hours & DatesOutdoor areas: year round, open sunrise to sunset. Education Centers hours vary with season, please check website for details.
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 143 reviews
I was mainly here to check out the Old Cedar Ave Bicycle /pedestrian bridge. The bridge was closed for a number of years. It has now been restored and reopened. This is a good way for bicyclists to...
— Steven S, April 13, 2020
Wildlife next to major urban center abundance of wildife, esp. birds, but mammals as. well Excellent biking as well as hiking trails
— Dave W, April 13, 2020
Plenty of trails and hiking area allows for long hikes and opportunities to let you dog run off leash. I went during the week so was able to avoid many other people/dogs. Well maintained walking...
— fistfullofgold, April 7, 2020
There are a few trails here that are always clear and clean. BUT the less known trail for a walking date is a LONG hike trail in the rear of the main facility that is perfect for taking dogs on a...
— ProsperityHabit, December 9, 2019
Visited this particular visitor center, which is a part of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, recently with friends to see the fall colors. Walked the short trail behind the visitor center...
— 716sachink, October 22, 2019