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2023 Tamarac Youth Ice Fishing Day

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
February 26, 2023

2023 Tamarac Youth Ice Fishing Day

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
February 26, 2023

Don’t miss the 2023 Tamarac Youth Ice Fishing Day on February 26, 2023 at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Rochert, Minnesota. Don’t know how to ice fish? Here’s a chance to fish with a guide. This youth mentoring ice fishing day is a wonderful chance to learn how to ice fish. You’ll learn the basics of fishing for panfish including bluegills, bass and crappies. We’ll drill the holes, provide a warming shelter, and tips on winter fishing. Volunteer mentors can handle up to 20 kids per hour so sign up for 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 pm arrival time. This experience is geared for youth 6-16 but the whole family can tag along. Park at the North Tamarac Lake Access on Cty Hwy 26. Watch for the blue flags marking the road to the access on Hwy 26. A restroom and warming station will be available.

Reserve your spot (online) for one of these FREE ticket times – just sign up each child (no need to register parents, but please come with your child).


  • Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, North Tamarac Access 35704 270 Street Rochert, MN 56578
  • Park at the North Tamarac Lake Access on Cty Hwy 26.
  • The Visitor Center is located nine miles north of Hwy 34 at the junction of Cty Hwys 29 and 26. It is open Sundays from 12:00-4:00 pm.
  • A warming station and a restroom will be available.
  • Contact amarac staff at 218-847-2641

Kids that are signed up for Tamarac Youth Ice Fishing Day will get keep the ice fishing kit complete with:

  • pole,
  • scoop,
  • lead free tackle,
  • bucket
  • and more provided by the Friends of Tamarac.

Be sure to dress warm!

Boots, snow pants, mittens, hat, scarf. Some folks even bring a blanket for those times when we sit and watch for a fish to bite. We’ll spend about an hour on the ice. You are welcome to stay longer and keep fishing. We’ll be targeting sunfish, but sometimes we get bass, perch, northern pike or walleye.

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About Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge was established by Congress in 1938, and lies in the heart of one of the most diverse transition zones in North America. Here eastern deciduous hardwoods, northern coniferous forests and western tallgrass prairie converge – creating a rich assemblage of both plants and animals.  Though the landscape has been altered by the influences of human history and past management, the refuge remains largely intact with a functioning ecosystem and retains an untamed character for current visitors to enjoy, use and respect. From the vibrant emergence of spring woodland wildflowers to the rich colors of autumn to the quiet hush of winter, people come to revitalize their spirit and connect with a rich wildlife heritage.

The refuge is home to a large population of nesting trumpeter swans. Habitat conservation efforts address species such as the nearly threatened golden-winged warbler, woodcock, and ring-necked ducks. You’ll find Minnesota state icons including the common loon, showy lady’s slipper, red pine tree, morel mushrooms, wild rice and walleye. Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge website.

About The Friends of Tamarac

Established nearly 30 years ago this nonprofit group is made up of an active 10-15 member board and over 300 members. The Friends sponsor educational programs and events, build observation platforms and pathways, generate thousands of grant dollars for water quality and habitat projects, host a popular nature photography contest, and so much more. We are an advocate for wildlife refuges and passionate about protecting wild places for generations. The volunteers of Tamarac donated over 8,000 hours of service just last year. The Friends of Tamarac website.

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Tamarac Youth Ice Fishing Day at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Rochert, Minnesota in February. Be sure to enjoy other Detroit Lakes Polar Fest events as well!

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