Category Archives: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Volunteers Needed for Invasive Buckthorn Removal

Volunteers are needed Wednesday Jan 4 and Wednesday Jan 11 to help with invasive buckthorn removal at McNally Landing. Biologist Froehly will be cutting buckthorn from 9am to 3pm each day, though volunteers can choose to help for half a day, or even a couple hours—any time is helpful! Volunteers will be pulling cut buckthorn out of the woods and piling it to be burned at a later date. Protective equipment including hard hats, ear plugs, safety glasses, and gloves will be provided. Volunteers should wear winter boots, durable outerwear, and be prepared for the weather (if bad weather or frigid temps are forecasted, we will cancel by noon on Tuesday). Volunteers should bring water, lunch, and snacks.

To RSVP, or if you have any questions please email Biologist Froehly (jennifer_froehly@fws.gov)

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 2022-2023 furbearer trapping season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) will be issued beginning October 5, 2022. District offices are currently open to the public at the days and times listed below… Continue Reading

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Recognizes Volunteers

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (Refuge) Winona offices recently recognized Tim Connolly of Pickwick, MN as the 2022 Volunteer of the Year. Tim volunteers his time helping with fishing events, picking up trash, and completing European buckthorn removal around the Refuge boat landings over the winter. While volunteer opportunities were limited… Continue Reading

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

Bank Fishing Improvements Close Halfmoon Landing

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be closing the Halfmoon Landing located at 12067 622nd Street near Kellogg, MN on an intermittent basis for approximately one month beginning April 25, 2022. The landing will be closed while AMG Construction Company of Banning, California replaces three bank fishing platforms. No walk-in access… Continue Reading

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