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Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Established in 1935, this 18,281 acre refuge administers Mille Lacs NWR (.5 acre) and Sandstone Unit (2,045 acres). Early development of the refuge was accomplished through a resident Civilian Conservation Corp Camp. Abundant natural food, particularly wild rice and wild celery, have attracted wildlife to the area for centuries The refuge is noted for fall concentrations of up to 100,000 ring-necked ducks. Refuge history centers around the 4,500-acre Rice Lake where Native Americans continue t heir traditional gathering of wild rice. Abundant songbird populations thrive in the diverse refuge habitat. The Refuge provides resting, nesting and feeding habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, provides habitat for resident wildlife, and protects endangered and threatened species. The site also provides the public opportunities for outdoor recreation and environmental education.

Location: 36289 State Highway 65, McGregor Minnesota 55760 Telephone 218-768-2402

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