Rydell National Wildlife Refuge 

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Rydell National Wildlife Refuge

17788 349th St SE
Erskine, MN 56535
(800) 841-0172 (Toll Free)

Rydell NWR is located along U.S. Hwy 2, approximately 60 miles east of East Grand Forks, between Erskine and Mentor, MN. From U.S. Hwy 2 turn south on Polk County Rd 210 and follow for approximately 2.5 miles to the Refuge gate.

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The Refuge is located on the Glacial Lake Agassiz beach ridge transition zone. The habitats consist of northern tallgrass prairie, prairie wetlands, maple-basswood forest, oak savannah, and mixed hardwood re-growth. The Refuge Visitor Center is wheelchair-accessible and an extensive 7-mile paved trail system allow for optimum wildlife observation and photography. There is a diverse combination of mammals, raptors, invertebrates, and over 100 species of migratory waterfowl and songbirds.

Hours & Dates


  • Monday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
  • Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Refuge headquarters - open 7:30 am to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Visitor Center is open year-round, but seasonal hours are subject to change, and are greatly extended during the summer months. Contact Refuge for current hours of operation.


No entrance fee required.

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