Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

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Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge
22996 290th St. N.E.
Middle River
MN 56701


Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

Explore the refuge's 61,500 acres of diverse plant and animal life. Franklin's Gull, Bitterns, 17 species of Eastern and Western Waterfowl, 5 Grebe species, Sandhill Cranes, Sharptailed and Le Conte's Sparrows. Primitive camping allowed on state and wildlife land adjacent to Agassiz Refuge. Wildlife displays in office. Outdoor kiosks, firearm deer hunting. Agassiz bookshop sells refuge shirts, hats, books and wildlife related items. Office opens at 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., excluding federal holidays.

From Thief River Falls, go 12 miles north on Hwy. 32, then 11 miles east on 290th St. NE/Marshall Co. Rd. 7.

Tours: Early spring - Oct. during daylight hours. Take the "Lost Bay Habitat Drive," a four mile self-guided auto tour route open from May - Oct. and don't miss the 14 ft.-high Parker Pool observation deck. Spotting scopes are mounted on the Parker and Office decks, Rodahl Hiking Trail Deck and at the Farmes Pool Cairn. Headquarters hiking trail is one-half mile interpreted accessible trail with an observation wildlife blind. A wildlife observation blind is accessiable on the east end of Rodahl Hiking Trail.

Several different hunting opportunities are available on the Refuge, including firearms, archery, and muzzleloader deer seasons, as well as ruffed grouse and sharp-tailed grouse hunting. Youth waterfowl and deer hunts are permitted during State seasons in designated areas. Please see the hunting brochure for specific details and regulations.

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