Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our locations, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene.


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    Trail Conditions

    Please see the most up to date information for trail conditions and pending or current closures here:

    Trail Conditions

  • Yellow-rumped warbler

    It's Spring Migration Season!

    Spring is a great time to get outside and spot migratory birds!


Current Conditions

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To ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers and employees, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge visitor centers in Bloomington and Carver, MN are closed starting Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. Trails remain open from sunrise to sunset, but be aware of spring flood closures.

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ALERT: Spring Flooding

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Seasonal flooding has begun, and closures of Refuge Trails are occurring. Know before you go:

Refuge Trail Conditions

America the Beautiful Passes

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While our visitor center is closed, we are temporarily suspending in-person America the Beautiful Pass sales. Online purchase is still available.

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Hunting Information

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Attention hunters! You can find current information about hunting on the Refuge by visiting our Rules and Regulations page. Download a copy of our hunting brochure to take along with you too!

Refuge Rules and Regulations
Maintenance Projects

Construction and Maintenance Projects

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Throughout 2019-2020 there will be vehicle and equipment traffic on Long Meadow Lake trail. Visit the Construction and Maintenance webpage for more information.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Nature At Your Fingertips

Discover Minnesota Valley NWR

Discover Nature App

Download our refuge apps for Apple and Android to play our wildlife trivia game or learn about the refuge through virtual signs.

Nature at Your Fingertips

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS