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Rydell Refuge Trails

Location Refuge trails S of US 2 on CR 210 between Erskine & Mentor.
State(s) Minnesota
Counties Polk
Type Backcountry
Length 7.50 Miles / 12.07 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




The 7.5 mile trail system showcases wildlife habitats that developed from the "fire shadow" effects of Maple Lake. This westernmost extent of maple-Basswood forest in Minnesota shrouds the rolling landscape of glacially formed hills and wetlands. This is the stage for visitors to experience a tranquil view of wildlife habitats found on the Refuge. Trails are opened to hiking, biking, and cross country skiing.
Visitor Center open weekdays 8:00am - 4:00 pm. Extended summer hours. Contact Rydell National Wildlife Refuge for current Visitor Center hours. Asphalt and Gravel trails are ADA Accessible.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset


Rydell Refuge is located 2.5 miles south off of U.S. Hwy 2 between the towns of Mentor and Erskine, MN. Hwy 2 turn south on Polk County Rd 210 and follow for approximately 2.5 miles to the Refuge gate.


Additional Information

Width: 96 inches.

Primary Surface: Asphalt

Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 2%

Elevation Low Point: 1175

Elevation High Point: 1230

Year Designated: 2005

Date Last Updated: 03/07/2013


Contact Information

Trail Management:
David Bennett
17788 349th St. SE
Erskine , MN 56535
(218) 687-2229


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Rydell Refuge Website View/Download



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