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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 as well as staff from the Winona District’s Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge who made this event a success. We had a great turnout, fantastic weather and a lot of fun catching fish.

Wendy Schneider
Friends of the Refuge Headwaters

The gentleman near right caught 14 fish!

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… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

Friends June Meeting

The next Friends of the Refuge Headwaters monthly meeting will begin at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 23rd at the Hiawatha Valley Marines Shelter on Dacota Street on West Lake Winona. Click here for the meeting agenda.   Continue Reading

Thank You!

A big THANK YOU to all the Refuge Friends and Volunteers who were able to help out with the Project COMPASS fishing event last week! We had a great turn-out, the weather was fabulous, and many fish (and a variety of fish) were caught. Also a big thank you to Kwik Trip for providing the… Continue Reading

Friends May Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is Thursday, May 26 beginning at 4:15 p.m. Please note that the meeting will be held outdoors due to the increased COVID levels in the County. We will meet at the Hiawatha Valley Marine Shelter on West Lake Winona (527 West Lake Park Drive). This… Continue Reading

Refuge Updates – May 2022

The fishing platform replacement project has begun at the Halfmoon Landing! This means the landing is closed until construction is complete, hopefully just a couple of weeks and it will open back up. The LaCrosse District is offering spring bird walks at Goose Island (south of LaCrosse) lead by a Refuge Ranger and Minnesota Audubon forest… Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed – Project COMPASS

We are scheduled to host the clients from Project COMPASS for fishing and a picnic on Wednesday, June 1 from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. The event will be held at the Hiawatha Valley Marine shelter, 527 West Lake Park Drive in Winona (next to the boat ramp on West Lake Winona). We haven’t held this… Continue Reading

Friends April Meeting and Other News

Refuge Friends and Volunteers, the next Friends meeting will be held on Thursday, April 28 beginning at 4:15 p.m. at the Refuge office (102 Walnut Street, Suite 205) and there will also be a call-in option. Email Mary Stefanski ( if you would like the link to attend virtually. Click here for the meeting agenda. April… Continue Reading

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