Mahnomen Trail

photo: Wetlands along the trail where wild rice grows

Type: Rail Trail
Length: 3.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: At Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, east of St. Cloud, Minnesota
State(s): Minnesota
Counties: Sherburne
Latitude: 45.49741
: -93.68494

The refuge is located NW of Zimmerman, W of US 169


The Mahnomen Trail at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge offers three miles of scenic hiking over moderately level terrain. "Mahnomen" is an Ojibwe word for wild rice which once grew abundantly in the nearby 600 acre Rice Lake.

Archeological surveys show that Rice Lake attracted wildlife and that ancient people were drawn to this source of plentiful food and clothing as long ago as the late Woodland period (500 A.D.).

The trail has three loops designed to let the visitor choose their walking distance as they travel through woodland habitat and prairie openings, skirting Rice and Round lakes and also several wetlands.

Additional Details

Width: 72 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 1,000
Elevation High Point: 1,000
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Anne Sittauer
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
17076 293rd Ave.
Zimmerman , MN 55398
(763) 389-3323

Information Contact:
Nancy Haugen
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
17076 293rd Ave.
Zimmerman , MN 55398
(763) 389-3323 ext. 13



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