Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge
|Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Marshall County, Minnesota, United States|
|Nearest city||Middle River, Minnesota|
|Area||61,500 acres (249 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
The refuge, originally named Mud Lake Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, was established in 1937 primarily for waterfowl production and maintenance. Located in eastern Marshall County, the contiguous 61,500 acres (249 km2) are situated in the aspen parkland region of northwest Minnesota. In 1976, 4,000 acres (16 km2) of the refuge were designated a Wilderness Area. Each year over 20,000 visitors enjoy wildlife viewing on Agassiz Refuge.
Today, Agassiz is composed of 37,400 acres (151 km2) of wetlands, 11,650 acres (47 km2) of shrublands, 9,900 acres (40 km2) of forestland, 1,710 acres (7 km2) of grassland, and 150 acres (0.6 km2) of cropland. The Wilderness Area encompasses one of the most westerly extensions of black spruce-tamarack bog in Minnesota. Two bog lakes, Kuriko and Whiskey, lie within the area.
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