Welcome from the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

Friends January Meeting

The January Friends of the Headwaters meeting will be held at the Refuge office (51 East 4th Street, Winona) in the basement (Room 20) beginning at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, January 23. The agenda for the meeting is below for your review. There are several exciting opportunities coming up to talk about! 1. Call the meeting to…

Ice Fishing for Kids

The annual Kid’s Ice Fishing Event co-sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the McNally Boat Landing on Prairie Island Drive, Winona, MN. Children ages 6 through 13 and their families are invited to join…

Winter on our Refuge Photo Contest – Call for Entries

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters are encouraging all amateur photographers to get outside this winter and capture the beauty of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) for a winter photo contest. Photos in the following categories will be accepted until March 13, 2020: Scenic Views of the Refuge, Wildlife and…

Commercial Fishing Guide Permit Process for 2020

In 2019, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) implemented its pilot year of the Commercial Fishing Guide Permit Program. The Refuge waived permit fees and offered a grace period to guides operating in 2019 to allow for a transition into this new program. The 2020 season will be fully enforced and…

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Honors Volunteers

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (Refuge) Winona offices recently honored volunteers and their guests at a volunteer recognition event.  During 2019, over 100 volunteers contributed more than 1,300 hours of service representing over $32,000. Volunteer activities included assisting with the Refuge booth at community functions, biological surveys, youth fishing days, river…

Waterfowl Observation Day at Brownsville Overlook on November 9

Come join us! The annual Waterfowl Observation Day, hosted by the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Midwest Fisheries Center, Friends of the Upper Mississippi (FUM) and Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 (FOR78) will be held Saturday, November 9th at the Brownsville Overlook between 10:00 a.m. and…

Notice of Availability for Public Comment

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY: A draft Compatibility Determination, Realignment of a utility right-of-way (ITC Midwest LLC and Dairyland Power Cooperative, Cardinal to Hickory Creek transmission line, Clayton County, Iowa) is available for public comment from October 25 through November 26, 2019. The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is proposing to allow existing transmission…

Friends October Meeting

Friends, the next scheduled meeting for the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is tomorrow, Thursday, October 24 beginning at 4:10 p.m. in the basement (Room 20) of the Exchange Building, 51 East 4th Street, Winona.

Availability of Trapping Permits for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Refuge special use permits and trap tags for the 2019-2020 furbearer trapping season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) will be issued beginning October 15, 2019 at the following locations: Winona District, 51 East 4th Street, Room 203, Winona, MN Phone…

Swan Watch 2019

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will again offer a bus tour to view the fall migration and changing colors of the Upper Mississippi River from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019. Participants will have the opportunity to view migrating tundra swans and other waterfowl up-close on the Upper Mississippi River National…

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