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Dixon Waterfowl Refuge to open May 19-21 only

Trial run for public access during pandemic; only trails will be open

Visitors in the early morning bird survey at The Wetlands Initiative's 2018 Bio Blitz conducted at Hennepin's Dixon Waterfowl Refuge on Aug. 4 had to move quickly to identify as many species as possible. From May 19-21, the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge will be open to visitors from dawn to dusk for a trial run of public access during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Visitors in the early morning bird survey at The Wetlands Initiative's 2018 Bio Blitz conducted at Hennepin's Dixon Waterfowl Refuge on Aug. 4 had to move quickly to identify as many species as possible. From May 19-21, the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge will be open to visitors from dawn to dusk for a trial run of public access during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Paul Botts, president and executive director of The Wetlands Initiative, issued the following statement:

On Tuesday, May 19, through Thursday, May 21, the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge will be open to visitors from dawn to dusk for a trial run of public access during the COVID-19 epidemic.

We’re glad so many people treasure and enjoy this special place. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this unusual and unprecedented time.

Only the trails will be open on these days. The lakes will remain closed to paddling and fishing at this time. Please practice social distancing and stay at least six feet away from other people including TWI staff doing restoration and stewardship work. Of course, the standard rules for visiting, which are posted at the refuge, also still apply.

As always, parking is allowed only in the official lots. If all parking spaces are filled, please visit the refuge at another time.

No portable toilets will be available, so plan your visit accordingly.

If all goes well during the three-day trial run and it’s clear that we can protect the health of both visitors and staff, we aim to keep public access moving forward into the summer. We’re hoping that everyone together can make this possible!

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