Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

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Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Map showing the location of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
LocationBecker County, Minnesota, United States
Nearest cityDetroit Lakes, Minnesota
Coordinates47°02′27″N 95°35′33″W / 47.04079°N 95.59253°W / 47.04079; -95.59253Coordinates: 47°02′27″N 95°35′33″W / 47.04079°N 95.59253°W / 47.04079; -95.59253[1]
Area42,724 acres (172.90 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteTamarac National Wildlife Refuge

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States. It lies in the glacial lake country of northwestern Minnesota in Becker County, 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Detroit Lakes. It was established in 1938 as a refuge breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. It covers 42,724 acres (172.90 km2).

Local topography consists of rolling forested hills interspersed with lakes, rivers, marshes, bogs and shrub swamps. The token of the refuge is the tamarack, or tamarac tree. This unusual tree is a deciduous conifer which turns a brilliant gold before losing its needles each fall.

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge lies in the heart of one of the most diverse vegetative transition zones in North America, where northern hardwood forests, coniferous forests and the tallgrass prairie converge. This diversity of habitat brings with it a wealth of wildlife, both woodland and prairie species.

An attractive visitor center offers a spectacular vista of the marshes and trees that are typical of the Tamarac Refuge. A theater presentation provides orientation to the life and legends of this unique area.


  1. ^ "Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

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