Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, Middle River

#62 of 65 in Wildlife in Minnesota
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Minnesota. Packs of wolves, moose, waterfowl, and 294 species of birds make this refuge a wildlife wonderland.

The refuge, originally named Mud Lake Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, was established in 1937 primarily for waterfowl production and maintenance. Located in eastern Marshall County, the contiguous 61,500 acres (249 km2) are situated in the aspen parkland region of northwest Minnesota. In 1976, 4,000 acres (16 km2) of the refuge were designated a Wilderness Area. Each year over 20,000 visitors enjoy wildlife viewing on Agassiz Refuge.

Today, Agassiz is composed of 37,400 acres (151 km2) of wetlands, 11,650 acres (47 km2) of shrublands, 9,900 acres (40 km2) of forestland, 1,710 acres (7 km2) of grassland, and 150 acres (0.6 km2) of cropland. The Wilderness Area encompasses one of the most westerly extensions of black spruce-tamarack bog in Minnesota. Two bog lakes, Kuriko and Whiskey, lie within the area.
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  • This is a National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) which has been bought and paid for with money from the sales of Federal Duck Stamps. This NWR that is located in NW Corner of Minnesota near Middle River, MN.....  more »
  • The area sort of reminds me of the Everglades: big grassy wetlands with occasional clumps of trees. I would expect that a birder would have a ball in a place like this during migration, The ranger...  more »
  • It's very nice and peaceful bit would love to see off-road trails for wheelers and side by side to make it even better. As is the kids and I love it
  • Always beautiful and lots of birds to see, but it sometimes takes a little time and effort

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