Hours of Operation

We are now closed to the public for the 2022 season! Thank you for another great season! We look forward to seeing you in 2023. 

***Please note that these hours are for the actual sanctuary in which our platform is located for bear viewing.

Our address is:

12541 Nett Lake Rd.

Orr, MN 55771

Black Bear Viewing at the Vince

The FIRST DAY of operation is Saturday May 27th, 2023.

The LAST DAY of operation is Sunday September 3rd, 2023. We will be CLOSED September 4th 2023 (Labor Day) for the season.

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary is open Saturday and Sunday 5pm – 8pm and viewing continues until dusk. We are closed every Monday.

Please note that because of our open viewing deck, we must close during adverse weather that includes lightning. Once we close for the evening we will not reopen the sanctuary.

Vince Shute Visitor Center Hours:

Our Visitor Center is now CLOSED. Please check back for updated Fall hours.


***Please note that our office/visitor center is NOT located on the sanctuary grounds. Our visitor center/office will be open Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend. We are located 1 mile south of the town of Orr on highway 53. Stop in to see our gift shop, talk to an ABA representative and find out about our upcoming programs. 

Our address is:

4303 Highway 53

Orr, MN 55771

Winter Hours: TBA

Admission Prices – Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

The admission prices for 2022 are as follows:

  • Adults 18-64: $12
  • Seniors 65+: $10
  • 4-17 year olds: $5
  • 3 and under: Free

Reservations required for 20+ people. It is recommended that you buy tickets online! Tickets can be bought in advance online for an additional fee OR in person at the Sanctuary the day of. If you purchase tickets online, you are guaranteed admittance. Since you booked in advance, you do not need to wait in our admissions line at the sanctuary. You also will be escorted onto the bus before those that purchased tickets the day off. 

Group discounts are also available for 20 or more people. You must call our office 21 days in advance to get a discount.