The Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge is an 18,200-acre refuge located south of McGregor on Highway 65.

The refuge is home to many species native to Minnesota, in addition to a few oudoor activities.

The wildlife auto tour gives visitors the chance to drive throught the refuge, largely on an old railroad that was abandoned in the 1920s and repurposed the next decade. Guide pamphlets are available at the refuge headquarters near the entry area.

There are five hiking trails in the refuge, ranging from 3/4 to 2-1/2 miles long. While bicycles aren’t permitted on hiking trails, the trails are open to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, and offer great scenery in every season. Bicycles are permitted on roads and the South Trail.

There are four areas designated for fishing, three on the Rice River and one on Mandy Lake.

Boating is permitted, on the condition an electric motor or paddles are used.

Binoculars and a field guide are available to borrow at the refuge headquarters. They are recommended for spotting wildlife.

The refuge urges visitors to use insect repellent against ticks, mosquitoes and deer flies.

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