Rydell Refuge Trails

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Trail Distance: 7 miles
Time Estimate: 20 min +
Elevation Gain: 55 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Limited
Description

The Rydell National Wildlife Refuge is located in Erskine, Minnesota. Included in Rydell Refuge's 2,120 acres are several diverse habitats and the beginning of a seven-mile trail system with five different dog-friendly trails to choose from.

The park's five trails include the one-mile Church Lake Trail, the 1.5-mile Golden Pond Trail, the one-mile Round Lake Trail, 0.5-mile Rice Lake Trail, and the 2.25-mile Tamarac Trail. Each of the trails, with the exception of Tamarac Trail, is paved, which makes them ideal for wheelchairs and strollers. Visitors with special access needs are encouraged to contact the refuge before their visit to help them make the most of their time there.

The longest trail in the park, the Tamarac Trail, takes about an hour to complete. This gravel loop trail will take you around Tamarac Lake, and along the way, you'll spot a variety of wildflowers, ironwood, and tallgrass prairies. This particular trail also focuses on showcasing native/non-native and invasive/non-invasive plant species.

Another pawfect hike in Rydell Refuge is the Golden Pond Trail. This paved path will take you and your dog through forest, wetland, prairies, and around a lake. If you're interested in bird watching, the spring and fall are the best time to hike this trail.

Every October, the Rydell Refuge hosts special whitetail deer hunting events. They also host deer hunting days for disabled hunters, as well as young hunters who will also take part in an educational session. Be sure to plan accordingly if you have a timid pup.

Your dog can come along to the Rydell Refuge with you as long as they remain on a leash in all areas of the park. Be sure clean up after your pet along the way. There are garbage bins in the park, but visitors are asked to supply their own doggie bags.

Not only is the Rydell Refuge a beautiful place to get some exercise with your dog in Erskine, but it's also a great way to learn more about the animal habitats, plants, and wildlife that make this region so unique.

Trail Features
Forest, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Hikers are encouraged to bring drinking water, sunscreen, and bug spray, and to wear sturdy walking shoes. Black bears are commonly seen in Rydell Refuge, so visitors should carry bear spray and practice bear safety.
Address
17788 349th St. SE
Erskine, MN 56535
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Address
17788 349th St. SE
Erskine, MN 56535
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset