Category Archives: Friends Event

It’s a Bike/Hike!

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Join Wendy Schneider (retired high school teacher and Minnesota Master Naturalist) and Steve Winter (Wildlife Biologist for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge) for a fun bike ride and hike through the refuge.  We will see beautiful fall colors and identify migrating birds and waterfowl.

Please bring your own bike and meet in the parking lot at the Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge Entrance.  See directions below.

The bike ride is limited to 10 participants with good to excellent biking skills.  Please RSVP to Steve Winter at 507.494.6214 (office), 402.310.5460 (mobile) or (e-mail).

Directions from Winona:  Take the Interstate Bridge to Wisconsin, turn right onto County Rd 35 for 5.7 miles until you see the Refuge Sign.  Turn right on W. Prairie Rd for about 1 mile to the bend in the road, turn right to enter the refuge and continue for less than a half mile, through the gate entrance and meet at the parking lot to the right where we will begin our ride.  If there is rain in the forecast, the ride will be canceled.

2022 Swan Watch

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will offer a bus tour to view the fall migration and changing colors of the Upper Mississippi River from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2022. This will be the first offering of the tour since 2019 so reserve your seats early! Participants will have the opportunity to… Continue Reading

Refuge Updates

Volunteers Needed: Our next (and final for the year) Project COMPASS fishing event will be on Wednesday, September 7 at the Huff Street fishing dock (by the Winona Visitor Center). The event takes place from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m., please arrive around 4:30 to help with setup. This is a fishing-only event, no food is served… Continue Reading

Friends August Meeting

The next Friends of the Refuge Headwaters meeting will be held on Thursday, August 25 beginning at 4:15 p.m. at the Hiawatha Valley Marines Shelter on West Lake Winona (Dacota Street). Click here for the tentative agenda. And as a reminder, the Friends will be the special recipients of the Jazz Jam “tip jar” at… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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