The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is the second largest wildlife refuge in Minnesota. It was established in 1965. The St. Francis River flows through the eastern side of the park. Over 230 species of birds, 58 species of mammals and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians have been recorded in the refuge. There are numerous recreational activities that you can be a part of. During the winters, cross country skiing and snowshoeing is extremely popular. Another spectacular scene that one should definitely not miss is the Sandhill crane migration. Other than the cranes, the numerous types of birds and animals give you a chance for some mesmerizing wildlife photography. The wildlife drive is a very popular way to travel through the refuge. Another popular mode of transportation within the refuge is canoeing across the river. Fishing and hunting are popular as well, but make sure you’re in permitted areas if you want to hit your target and not get into any trouble.
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Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Reviews & Ratings
I love driving and riding through here. The eagle nest is really awesome to visit during nesting time. And the wildlife drives and trails are great places to take your kids to see wildlife and experience the real outdoors in a local way.
A cute little circuit you can putter around at basically idle speed and see a bunch of different birds. We went when it was raining, so we didn't feel like getting out to go to any of the numerous observation platforms, but they do have maps and "bird checklists" and seasonal viewing pattern pamphlets that could help enhance your experience if you bring binoculars and know what you're looking for.
A very therapeutic experience. Fresh air and nature as far as the eye can see. The path is about 7 miles long and you can drive the entirety of the road. There are walking paths at different stopping points as well. A great way to spend a beautiful day.
The Wildlife Drive is the most peaceful 7 miles you can drive early in the morning. Love the smell of damp grasses and if your lucky the breeze off the ponds will fill your senses.
Took the wild life drive. Places to exit to do .5 - 1mile hikes. Bring your binoculars to see beautiful Trumper Swans and other birds. Many wild flowers.