The Rydell National Wildlife Refuge will NOT be having a Christmas Tree Harvest event in 2014.
The reduction of the non-native conifer stands as part of the management goals of the Refuge is complete. The areas will be or have been restored to native tallgrass prairie and/or native hardwood forest.
Thank you for your past support and we hope to see you at the refuge.
During the winter season the Visitor Center is generally open Sundays from 1 to 5 pm, and Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm. When snow conditions allow, the 7-mile trail system is groomed for cross-country skiing and is accessible for hiking and biking year-round from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week. A parking area is located outside the main gate for visitor’s convenience. To get to the Refuge, go 3 miles east of Mentor, MN (or about 3 miles west of Erskine) on U.S Highway 2 and turn south on Polk County 210. Follow 210 for 2.5 miles to the large entrance sign. You may also take Highway 59 to Polk County 41, turn west and follow the signs. For more information, you may call the Refuge at 800-841-0172.