Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Things to Do

Visitors who love pure, unadulterated nature will find plenty to do at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The activities are restricted to those appropriate to a wildlife refuge, meaning they will not disturb the wildlife or their habitats.

Bird Watching

Over 220 species of birds use the refuge throughout the seasons, from the wood duck, American redstart, great blue heron, American goldfinch, bald eagle, and canada goose. Many species of waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors use the Refuge as a stop-over on their migrations to and from breeding grounds.


Hunting is a popular activity on the refuge, but hunters should be aware of the regulations that govern seasons, species, and methods.

Bow hunting for deer is allowed on the Rapids Lake, Louisville Swamp, and Wilkie Units during the regular Minnesota State archery season only.