This time of year (March 1 through August 31) the refuge closes all but Mahnomen and Blue Hill trails to allow animals privacy and protection from human disturbance during nesting and raising of young. Expect Wildlife Drive to open around mid-April once eagles are able to tolerate closer human presence. During this time fishing access points and the canoe route are open to enjoy the refuge.
"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."
The Friends of Sherburne believe that the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is a unique natural resource and that we can help the community develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Refuge and its mission.
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge consists of 30,700 acres of Federal land that represents a diverse biological community characteristic of the transition zone between tallgrass prairie and forest. The refuge was established to protect and restore the habitats associated with the St. Francis River Valley for migratory birds and other wildlife purposes. The focus of the Refuge is on the restoration of oak savanna , wetland, and big woods habitats.
The Refuge is located approximately 9 miles northwest of Zimmerman, Minnesota and roughly 50 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.