Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

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Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
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LocationMorrison County, Minnesota, United States
Nearest cityLittle Falls, Minnesota
Coordinates45°56′29″N 94°12′36″W / 45.9414°N 94.21°W / 45.9414; -94.21[1]Coordinates: 45°56′29″N 94°12′36″W / 45.9414°N 94.21°W / 45.9414; -94.21[1]
Area13,540 acres (54.8 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteCrane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1992 to preserve a large, natural wetland complex. The refuge is located in central Minnesota and serves as an important stop for many species of migrating birds. Located within a large watershed that includes Rice, Skunk and Mud Lakes, Platte and Skunk Rivers, Rice and Buckman Creeks, and sedge meadow wetlands, it harbors one of the largest nesting populations of greater sandhill cranes in Minnesota. Habitats include native tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, and wetlands with stands of wild rice. With a total authorized acquisition boundary of 13,540 acres (54.8 km2) encompassing this important wetland complex and adjacent uplands, Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge presently exists as scattered parcels totaling about 2,000 acres (8.1 km2). Existing ownership lies in Little Falls Township and Agram Township in Morrison County.

The refuge serves as the base for the Federal Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Morrison County, which focuses on restoring drained wetlands through voluntary agreements with landowners.


  1. ^ "Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (Fws)". Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2011-12-12.

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