Category Archives: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Kids Ice Fishing Event

The annual Kid’s Ice Fishing Event co-sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the McNally Boat Landing on Prairie Island Drive, Winona, MN.

Children ages 6 through 13 and their families are invited to join in this free event. Children will be paired with experienced ice anglers who will assist them with a hands-on ice fishing experience. Bait, tackle and fishing rods will be available, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own ice fishing supplies if they have them and a bucket or folding chair to sit on while watching their bobber. Children should also be dressed appropriately for ice fishing; hats, mittens, snow pants, boots and winter coats. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided in a heated tent.

All children must be registered for the event by a parent or guardian. A registration station will be available at the McNally Boat Landing. If the event is cancelled due to weather or unsafe ice conditions, an announcement will be made on the Winona Radio group stations in the morning.

The McNally Boat Landing is located on Prairie Island Road, between Prairie Island Campground and the Minnesota City Boat Club (GPS coordinates: Easting 605183, Northing 4881470). Parking is available at the spillway parking lot located between the campground and landing. A shuttle will be provided from the parking area to the fishing location. The McNally Boat Landing will be closed to public entry during this event.

For additional information, contact Ed Lagace at ed_lagace@fws.gov or call (507) 494-6236 or visit the refuge website at www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/.

Tree Planting Assistance Needed – Saturday, 11/10/18

Friends and Volunteers, Through a partnership with Audubon, Forester Andy Beebe will be planting bare root trees (little trees) and tree seeds near the Weaver Landing on Saturday, Nov 10 starting at 9:00 a.m.. A few students from Winona State University are assisting but more hands will make it go much quicker. If you are… Continue Reading

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Honors Volunteers

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge (Refuge) Winona offices recently honored volunteers and their guests at a volunteer recognition event.  During 2018, over 100 volunteers contributed more than 1,200 hours of service representing nearly $28,000. Volunteer activities included assisting with the Refuge booth at community functions, biological surveys, youth fishing days, river… Continue Reading

Trapping Permits Available

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 2018-2019 furbearer trapping season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) will be issued beginning October 9, 2018 at… Continue Reading

Volunteer Opportunity with Michelle Turton – 8-30

Wildlife Biologist Michelle Turton is looking for volunteers to come out this Thursday, August 30th to assist in a non-lethal rusty-patched bumble bee survey at Wabasha Prairie. This will be the last bumble bee survey of the year. Meet time is at 8:00am at the Winona District office and we will return to the office by 1:00pm.  Volunteer responsibilities will… Continue Reading

Volunteer Opportunity with Michelle Turton – 8-23

Wildlife Biologist Michelle Turton is looking for volunteers to come out this Thursday, August 23rd to assist in a non-lethal rusty-patched bumble bee survey at Wabasha Prairie. Meet time is at 8:00am at the Winona District office and we will return to the office by 2:00pm.  Volunteer responsibilities will include netting and transferring bumble bees to… Continue Reading

Volunteer Opportunity from Michelle Turton

Wildlife Biologist Michelle Turton is looking for volunteers to come out this Friday, July 13th to assist in a non-lethal rusty-patched bumble bee survey at Wabasha Prairie. Meet time is at 8:00am at the Winona District office and we will return to the office by 2:00pm. Volunteer responsibilities will include netting and transferring bumblebee to containers,… Continue Reading

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