Category Archives: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

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 507-454-7351
    Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
     
  • La Crosse District, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI
    Phone 608-779-2399
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
     
  • McGregor District, 470 Cliffhaven Road, Prairie du Chien, WI
    Phone 608-326-0515
    Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
     
  • Savanna District, 7071 Riverview Rd, Thomson, IL
    Phone: 815-273-2732
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Regulations require that trappers possess a Refuge permit and trap tags to trap furbearers on the Refuge. Trap tags must be obtained in person and trappers must have a valid 2019-2020 state trapping license in their possession when obtaining trap tags.

Wisconsin residents must provide printed proof of trapping privileges at time of application. Refuge employees do not have access the WIDNR electronic system to verify privileges via conservation card or driver’s license.

Each trapper will receive 40 trap tags with their permit. All traps placed on the Refuge must have a tag attached. Refuge trapping permits are issued for a fee of $30.00 for trappers 18 years or older and $5.00 for trappers under age 18. Only cash and checks can be accepted.

Trappers who did not return their fur catch report for the 2018-2019 seasons will not be issued a trapping permit for this year.

Additional information can be found in the Refuge’s Furbearer Management Plan available on the web at www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/ or by contacting one of the District offices.

Paddle the Chippewa River with Ranger Ed

You are invited to join Refuge Ranger Ed Lagace for a free paddle on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The trip will begin on the Chippewa River and return through the Nelson-Trevino Bottoms of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge). Because of river current, this trip… Continue Reading

Paddle the Mississippi River Backwaters

You are invited to join Refuge Ranger Ed on a paddle through the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) near Winona, MN.Join fellow paddlers on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Verchota Landing for a two-hour adventure. This paddle is recommended for moderate to experienced paddles.… Continue Reading

Bowfishing Tournament – June 29

Bowfishing Association of America World Bowfishing Tournament Permitted on Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) has been notified of the issuance of a fishing tournament permit to bowfishing groups in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Bowfishing Association of America (BAA) will host a night-time… Continue Reading

Mississippi River Flooding Could Hamper Boat Access

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge), Winona District is urging boaters to take precautions in the coming days regarding flooding on the Mississippi River. Boaters should be vigilant as flood waters will have significantly changed conditions at traditional access, camping, and day-use sites. Excessive current, turbid water, and submerged and floating… Continue Reading

Teacher Workshop at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9am-3pm Where: Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge: W28488 Refuge Rd, Trempealeau, WI 54661 Admission: $25 Would you like an opportunity to utilize a beautiful facility and resources, set in one of most scenic landscapes in Wisconsin for FREE? Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge (Trempealeau NWR) staff encourage local teachers to take advantage… Continue Reading

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