Category Archives: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Refuge Updates

Friends Meeting: Tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, 4:15 p.m. at the Hiawatha Valley Marines Shelter on West Lake Winona (Dacota Street). Click here for the agenda.

Swan Watch Bus Tour: The swan watch bus tour is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15 departing from the Huff Street Visitor Center in Winona at 9:00 a.m. and returning at 2:30 p.m. Scheduled stops include the Refuge Visitor Center on Brice Prairie, Shady Maple overlook (Stoddard, WI) and Brownsville overlook (Brownsville, MN). Cost is $35/person which includes a boxed lunch and onboard interpretation by retired LaCrosse District Manager Jim Nissen. You can register and pay online here. If you prefer, you can take the tour on your own time by following the self-guided tour found here.

Furbearer Trapping Seasons: Refuge trap tags will go on-sale beginning Wednesday, October 5. As in the past, 40 tags are $30 payable with cash or check. The Trempealeau NWR trapping unit auction will take place on Thursday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. Click here for full details.

Waterfowl Hunting Seasons: The waterfowl hunting seasons start in earnest this Saturday, September 24 with the MN duck opener. This will be followed by the WI duck opener on October 1, MN re-opener October 8, and WI re-opener October 15. Those of you who paddle, please make yourself visible to hunters by dressing in bright colors, add a tall flag to your vessel, avoid early morning (sunrise) and sunset times, and steer clear of decoy spreads.

Good-bye Leslie: Many of you have met our Administrative Assistant Leslie Watson at outreach events and volunteer projects. Leslie has accepted a position with the Bureau of Reclamation, her last day in our office will be Friday, September 23. If you would like to send her a best-wishes note her email is:

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

Volunteers Needed for “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup”

Celebrate Earth Day with the “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup!” The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will host the river cleanup which is sponsored by Living Lands and Waters of East Moline, IL.  The cleanup will stage from the Latsch Island Recreational Area (beach) across the Mississippi… Continue Reading

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