Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge35704 County Hwy 26
Rochert, MN 56578
Fr Detroit Lakes 8 mi E on Hwy 34, 9 mi N on CR 29. Located at junction of Co Rds 26 & 29. 18 mi NE of Detroit Lakes.Get Directions
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. A wildlife drive 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.
Tamarac offers several miles of hiking trails. On the Old Indian Hiking Trail you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Ojibwe people and experience the beauty of the maple basswood forest. This 2.4 mile loop trail is accessed from County Hwy 29. You can even hike a portion of the 4600 mile North Country National Scenic Trail as it traverses the refuge through a variety of habitats. Access on 400th Ave., Blackbird Wildlife Drive or Pine Lake Parking Area on County Hwy 29.
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 wildlife drive 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 at 218-847-2641.
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.
E-mail us at: [email protected]
Hours & Dates
Visitor Center Hours (January 1 - December 31)
- Monday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Public Grounds (January 1 - December 31)
- Monday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Tuesday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Wednesday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Thursday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Friday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Saturday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Sunday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
There are no entrance or user fees to enjoy the refuge. Free parking.
On the Minnesota Green Route.
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 12 reviews
Came to the area for a few days to view the fall colors and visited Tamarac NWR the day of their special fall event. It was a cold and windy day but plenty of activities. A bus ride 'into the...
— tomc947, October 2, 2018
On our first visit to the Detroit Lakes area, we checked this amazing refuge out and loved it! It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning in April. Still cool but considering the long winter MN has...
— scooterpieWisconsin, April 23, 2018
We were here with a group of school kids. Our guides were very informative and provided activities for our kids to learn about the plants and animals around us. Definitely need to come back and do...
— Pat H, October 5, 2017
My wife and I traveled here this August, the weather was cooler than normal so we really enjoyed the hiking. This NWR is located in NW Minnesota near the town of Rochert. It was established as a...
— BluegooseTraveler, September 6, 2017
Despite its size, it's easy to overlook this 40,000 acre refuge and I think a lot of folks vacationing in the Park Rapids/Detroit Lakes area miss out. The visitors center offers nice displays and...
— terrysU5185FO, June 18, 2017