Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is one of only a few urban wildlife refuges in the nation, a place where wild coyotes, bald eagles, badgers, and beavers live next door to 2.2 million people. Scattered along 75-miles of river corridor, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages marsh, grassland, and forest. Within the refuge you'll find over 300 species of animals and array of opportunities for outdoor recreation and educational activities. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is one of many refuges in the Great Lakes - Big Rivers Region (Region 3). Our mission is to protect, restore, and conserve the ecological communities of the Lower Minnesota River Valley and its associated watersheds.
The Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, located 3 miles south of Carver, MN off County Road 11, is part of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The Center is set upon a bluff overlooking the Minnesota River. The center's quiet setting and interpretive exhibits offer great opportunities for visitors and education groups to learn about the unique wildlife conservation efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
For more information about the Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center call (952) 361-4500 or visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/minnesotavalley/visitor_center_rapids_lake.html
For more information about the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge visit http://www.fws.gov/Midwest/MinnesotaValley/
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
3815 American Boulevard E
Bloomington, MN 55425