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 Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) announced that Refuge special use permits and trap tags for the 2020-2021 furbearer trapping season will be issued by mail. Trappers who received trap tags and returned their fur catch report for the 2019-2020 season will receive instructions for obtaining their permit and tags at the address listed on their permit.

New trappers should contact the office nearest them to request an application packet. Offices are located at the following:

  • Winona District, Pools 4, 5, 5A and 6
    Phone 507-454-7351
  • La Crosse District, Pools 7 and 8
    Phone 608-779-2399
  • McGregor District, Pools 9, 10, and 11
    Phone 608-326-0515
  • Savanna District, Pools 12, 13, and 14
    Phone: 815-273-2732

Regulations require that trappers possess a Refuge permit and trap tags as well as a valid 2020-2021 state trapping license to trap furbearers on the Refuge.

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 checks can be accepted.

Trappers who did not return their fur catch report for the 2019-2020 season 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 http://www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/

Fall on the Refuge Photo Contest – Call for Entries

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters are encouraging all amateur photographers to get outside this fall and capture the beauty of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) for a Fall Photo Contest. Photos in the following categories will be accepted until December 4, 2020: Scenic Views of the Refuge, Wildlife and… 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

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

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offices Relocate

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) offices previously located at 51 East 4th Street in Winona, MN have relocated. Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 they are located at 102 Walnut Street in Winona. The Refuge Headquarters office which oversees the 260 mile refuge from Mississippi River… Continue Reading

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