- The Refuge is located in the Prairie Pothole Region of northwestern Minnesota between the flat Red River Valley flood plain on the west and the rolling hardwood forest and lake region on the east. The refuge has a broad expanse of old road as the area was once home to over 20 family homestead. An historic ox cart trail passes through a portion of the Refuge.
The refuge itself is a unique mixture of habitats located in this transition zone consisting primarily of prairie grassland, prairie wetlands and maple basswood hardwood forest. Over 100 species of song birds and waterfowl, (breeding and migratory), and a rich mix of resident wildlife are present on the area.
The refuge has a fish hatchery and capability for fish hatching and rearing. Walleye fingerlings are presently raised for use on other refuges.
The refuge serves as a demonstration area of effective wildlife habitat management practices. A new visitors center is being developed and is staffed by volunteers on Sunday afternoons. The Refuge provides interpretive, educational and research opportunities for visitors and area schools and universities.