|Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge
www.fws.gov/midwest/HamdenSlough/ Go to Website
e-mail: DetroitLakes@fws.gov or MidwestNews@fws.gov
26624 North Tower Road
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-7959
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)
The refuge is located northeast of Audubon, Minnesota. Visitors can get to the information kiosk by following the brown and white refuge signs on state, county, and township roads. The best route U.S. Hwy. 10 at Audubon is north on County Road #13 to downtown Audubon. Proceed east on County Road #104 for 1.3 miles, then north on County Road #104 for 0.75 miles to the south end of the refuge. Follow refuge signs and proceed 0.25 miles northwest on Township Road #440 to the refuge kiosk. The north portion of the refuge can be observed by following County Highway #14 west from U.S. Highway #59 just north of Callaway, Minnesota. County Highway #13 travels south off of County Highway #14 and provides visitors an apportunity to view the prairie wetland landscapes and wildlife of the refuge. The refuge headquarters is co-located with the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management Disrict office. The office is located 2 miles north of Detroit Lakes, MN, via U.S. Highway #59, then 1-1/2 miles east on County Road #131/North Tower Road.
The station's objective is to restore 3,000 acres of wetlands and 2,250 acres of upland grass. This will provide resting and nesting cover for 219 species of migratory and nesting birds. Currently, many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, neotropical migratory songbirds, and birds of prey rely on the shallow water and prairie habitat that has been restored on the refuge.
During the last six years, refuge habitat restorations have resulted in a dramatic increase in waterfowl, shorebird and prairie songbird populations. This has generated opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation and serves as an educational model for land and watershed stewardship. Approximately 50% of the private property within the refuge's future boundary has been acquired from willing sellers. Funding to acquire land and fully develop the refuge's infrastructure is expected to be near $10,000,000. Approximately 15-20 years of work is anticipated to complete the refuge.