Rydell Refuge Trails

This backcountry trail system extends over 7 miles throughout the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, showcasing a Sundew Bog and wildlife habitats that developed from the "fire shadow" effects of Maple Lake. This ecosystem represents a unique transitional zone between Prairie Parkland of the Red River Valley and the Eastern Broadleaf Forests. This handicapped accessible trail system allows for year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and cross country skiing .

Length: 7.50 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Backcountry
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating

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Location: Refuge trails S of US 2 on CR 210 between Erskine & Mentor.
State(s): Minnesota
Counties: Polk
Longitude: -96.09315
Latitude: 47.65808

Driving Directions

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.


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.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 1,175
Elevation High Point: 1,230
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Rydell Refuge

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

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



Waterfowl enjoying the refuge. Photo by USFWS.

Waterfowl enjoying the refuge. Photo by USFWS.


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