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The Agassiz Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Agassiz Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Unless otherwise specified, no motorized equipment or mechanical transport, with the exception of wheelchairs, is allowed. Bicycles, boats, and game carts are prohibited.

The Refuge is closed to all public use from 7:00pm until 5:30am.

The public can only access the Agassiz Wilderness during the deer and grouse hunting seasons. Deer firearm and archery hunting both begin concurrent with the nine-day MN firearms deer season. Archery deer hunting closes concurrent with the state season. Muzzleloader deer hunting on the Refuge begins and ends concurrent with the MN season. Ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse hunting on the Refuge begins on the nine-day MN firearms deer opener. Hunting for both grouse species ends concurrent with the state seasons.

Tree stands and ground blinds must be removed daily. The use of screw-in tree steps, or use of nails, wire, screws, or bolts to attach a stand to a tree are prohibited.

No camping, open fires, horseback riding, off-road vehicles, overnight parking, or mechanical transport, with the exception of wheelchairs.

Dogs must be leashed at all times.