Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge

 

 

     
 
About
 
 

Ownership

 
 
 
     
 

Links

 
 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

Comments

 
 

 

 
     
 
Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

 

 
         
 

Printable Map(s) with GPS coordinates

 
         
         
 

Size

 
 

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

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

36289 State Highway 65
Mcgregor, MN 55760-5875

N46 32.276, W93 17.050

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Sunrise - Sunset, including federal holidays

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

No fee

No National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota charges a fee

 
         
 

Driving Directions

  Area and County  
 

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          Aitkin County  
          Northeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

 

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

Deer by archery or muzzleloader or by firearm with a permit holder in area 901 only; American Woodcock, Common Snipe, Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, snowshoe hare, cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, and fox squirrel.

See Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Regulations for details.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Northern Minnesota Drift & Lake Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

St. Louis Moraines
Tamarack Lowlands

   
  Land Type Association    

Moose-Willow Peatlands

Rice Lake Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Beaver Wetland Complex

Central Dry-Mesic Oak-Aspen Forest

Central Mesic Hardwood Forest (Eastern)

Central Rich Dry Pine Woodland

Central Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest

Northern Floodplain Forest

Northern Mesic Hardwood Forest

Northern Poor Conifer Swamp

Northern Poor Fen

Northern Rich Alder Swamp

Northern Rich Fen (Basin)

Northern Rich Mesic Hardwood Forest

Northern Rich Tamarack Swamp (Eastern Basin)

Northern Rich Tamarack Swamp (Western Basin)

Northern Shrub Shore Fen

Northern Terrace Forest

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp

Northern Wet Ash Swamp

Northern Wet Cedar Forest

Northern Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest

Northern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest

Sedge Meadow

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

Natural Features

     
 

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

 

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Other Videos
 
  Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge
2 Wheels 1 Compass
 
   
 
About

Sep 19, 2021

So you're looking for a place far out of town where you can get in touch with nature for free?

Look no further than the Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge. Our Federal tax payer dollars keep this refuge open to the public for free!

This video goes into how it was created, the significance it carries for the local Native Americans, and what you can go and find.

The park itself was created as a way to give depression-era Americans a place to work while also conserving the natural ambiance of the region.

If you're looking for a good hike or a good place to fish that exhibits little to no impact of mankind, Rice Lake is a great place to start.

 
  Nearly a Million ducks! Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota: wildlife video
Sparky Stensaas
 
   
 
About

Nov 4, 2020

A new one-day world record count for Ring-necked Ducks! Nearly 900,000 Ringnecks counted at northern Minnesota's Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge on October 26, 2019. This is a MAJOR stopover for many ducks, but especially Ringnecks. 25% of the World's population was here on this day! Filmed in cooperation with the Fish & Wildlife Service. Refuge manager Walt Ford talks about the importance of Wild Rice (Zizania aquatic) to migrating waterfowl and he also details the day they counted over a million ducks on the refuge.

Filmed with Panasonic GH5 at super slow motion (180fps in HD), GoPro 5, iPhone 7+

www.thephotonaturalist.com

www.sparkyphotos.com

 
  Goin’ To The Lake: Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge
WCCO - CBS Minnesota
 
   
 
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Jul 9, 2015

Liz Collin and Chris Shaffer visit one of the best spots in the state for waterfowl.

WCCO 4 News At 6 – July 9, 2015

 

 

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Visits

9/22/2000

  5/5/2001            
 
 

Birds

 
 

Twenty-two bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx 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)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

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)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

eBird Field Checklist – Rice Lake NWR

eBird Field Checklist – Headquarters

eBird Field Checklist – CCC camp

eBird Field Checklist – Viewing Platform

eBird Field Checklist – Twin Lakes

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 1.0

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 1.5

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 2.0

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 2.5

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 3.0

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 3.5

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 4.0

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 4.5

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 5.0

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 5.5

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 6.0

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 6.5

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 7.0

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 7.5

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 8.0

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 8.5

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 9.0

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 9.25

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 9.5

eBird Field Checklist – Auto Tour, m.p. 10.0

 
 

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

  Blue Jay  
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
         
 

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 and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Central Dry-Mesic Oak-Aspen Forest MHc26

Central Mesic Hardwood Forest (Eastern) MHc36

Central Rich Dry Pine Woodland FDc24

Central Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest MHc47

Northern Floodplain Forest FFn67

Northern Mesic Hardwood Forest MHn35

Northern Poor Conifer Swamp APn81

Northern Poor Fen APn91

Northern Rich Alder Swamp FPn73

Northern Rich Fen (Basin) OPn92

Northern Rich Mesic Hardwood Forest MHn47

Northern Rich Tamarack Swamp (Eastern Basin) FPn72a

Northern Rich Tamarack Swamp (Western Basin) FPn82

Northern Shrub Shore Fen OPn81

Northern Terrace Forest FFn57

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp WFw64

Northern Wet Ash Swamp WFn55

Northern Wet Cedar Forest WFn53

Northern Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest MHn44

Northern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest MHn46

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

     
    large-flowered trillium  

 

 

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Migrating Waterfowl

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


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