Welcome from the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

August Jazz Jam Supports Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

Whether you paddle, hike, fish, or love birds, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Winona’s backyard is a world-class wildlife area that also offers fantastic recreation opportunities. This month’s Jazz Jam at Island City Brewing Company on Sunday, August 21, 2022, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. will support the Friends of…

Amphibians and Reptiles Presentation by Allen Blake Sheldon

Friends of Trempealeau Refuge are hosting a presentation of Allen Blake Sheldon. This free program will be on Thursday, August 11th starting at 6:30pm at the Outdoor Wonders Learning Center, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Trempealeau resident Sheldon will be introducing his recently released book Amphibians and Reptiles of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Adults and students…

Friends July Meeting

The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is Thursday, July 28. The meeting will be held at the Hiawatha Valley Marine Shelter on Lake West Winona near the boat ramp on Dacota Street. The meeting begins at 4:15pm and ends around 5:30. Click here for the agenda.

Refuge Updates

Friend and Volunteer Sue O’Brien led a great paddling event last week and will be offering another one on Thursday, August 4 beginning at 9:30am from the Verchota Landing on the Prairie Island Dike. Registration is required by contacting Leslie Watson. Click here for details. Ranger Katie from the LaCrosse District will be offering a…

Paddle the Mississippi River Backwaters – 8-4

You are invited to join the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters (FORH) on a paddle through the backwaters of the Refuge near Winona, MN. Join fellow paddlers on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. at the Verchota Landing for a two-hour adventure. This paddle…

Refuge Updates

A quick reminder about the paddling event on Thursday, July 14 out of the McNally Landing on the Prairie Island Dike (Winona) beginning at 9:30 am. Click here for details. Registration was due by the end of today but as a volunteer you can have until the end of tomorrow to register with Leslie Watson…

Paddle the Mississippi River Backwaters

You are invited to join the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters (FORH) on a paddle through the backwaters of the Mississippi River near Winona, MN.  Join fellow paddlers on Thursday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the McNally Landing for a two-hour adventure.  This paddle is recommended…

Thank You!

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Kwik Trip for donating 50 boxed lunches for our June 1, Project COMPASS (Community Education Adult Disability Program) fishing event and picnic that took place on Lake Winona. A thank you is also extended to all the volunteers from the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters…

Flowering Rush Control to Begin on Upper Mississippi River

Boaters are asked to avoid specific backwater areas of Upper Mississippi River Pools 4, 5, 7 and 8 during upcoming invasive species control efforts. Beginning the week of June 27, 2022, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) will be contracting to have the aquatic herbicide Diquat applied to approximately 1,100 acres…

No Fireworks Allowed on the “Upper Miss” Refuge

The 4th of July is just around the corner.  If you are heading to the Mississippi River for a boating or camping trip, just a reminder – no fireworks are allowed on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) because of their disturbance to wildlife as well as the litter they leave behind….

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