Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge

       
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Area and County

    Aitkin County
    Northeast Minnesota
     
 

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Size

18,300 acres, including a 4,500 acre lake

 
 
Maps

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Parking

N46 32.276, W93 17.050

 
Hiking Trails

Four trails totalling 7 miles

9.5-mile wildlife drive

 
Hunting

Deer only by archery or special firearms permit for area 901, small game, American Woodcock, and Wilson's Snipe.

See Rice Lake Hunting Map & Regulations (PDF) for details.

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Northern Minnesota Drift & Lake Plains

Subsection(s)  

St. Louis Moraines
Tamarack Lowlands

Land Type Association(s)

Moose-Willow Peatlands

Rice Lake Moraine

 
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Natural Features

Upland hardwood forrest, lowland hardwood forest, grassland, brushland, cropland, marsh, bog, open water (lake)

 
Ownership

 
Links

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

 
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Visits

9/22/2000

  5/5/2001    

 

 

 

 

       
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75 Years of History at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region

 
   
 
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Families Celebrate the Outdoors at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Nearly 150 people ventured out to Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, June 10 for the 5th Annual Family Fun Day celebration. Visitors joined Refuge staff and volunteers in various activities aimed at getting youth outdoors.

Other activity stations present throughout the day ranged from birding, nature photography, hiking, outdoor crafts, exploring the Mandy Lake Discovery Area, and enjoying a picnic lunch by Mandy Lake prepared by Rice Lake NWR volunteers.

Family Fun Day was sponsored in part by Friends of Rice Lake Refuge, Big Sandy Water Institute and Minnesota DNR.

 
     

 

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Birds

100,000 to 250,000 waterfowl, mostly Ring-necked Duck, stop here each fall during their migration.

 
 

Sixteen bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

 

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

 

Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa fedoa)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

USFWS bird list

 
 

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Blue Jay
 
Mammals

American mink (Neovison vison)

 
 
Plants

Six plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

 

Endangered

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

 

Threatened

little goblin moonwort (Botrychium mormo)

narrow triangle moonwort (Botrychium lanceolatum ssp. angustisegmentum)

 

Special concern

Fernald’s false manna grass (Torreyochloa pallida var. fernaldii)

least moonwort (Botrychium simplex)

small beggarticks (Bidens discoidea)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

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large-flowered trillium

 

 

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