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 is recommended for experienced paddlers.

Registration is required by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12 by calling or emailing Ranger Ed at 507-494-6236 or ed_lagace@fws.gov. The Refuge will provide canoes, paddles and PFDs for your use, or you can bring your own equipment.

The Chippewa River Landing is located on the eastern shore of the Chippewa River just north of Hwy 35 between Nelson and Pepin, WI. The GPS coordinates for the landing are 44°26`13.89″N 92°04`17.87″W.

Monthly Meeting – Date Change

The regularly scheduled August Friends of the Refuge Headwaters meeting is being moved to Thursday, August 29. The meeting will begin at 4:10 p.m. in the basement (Room 20) of the Exchange Building (51 East 4th Street) in Winona. We hope to see you there! Continue Reading

Photos from MMAM

On Saturday, August 10, the Friends greeted visitors at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s Second Saturday event. Almost 800 people attended the event and the Friends had a great time chatting about the Refuge with many of them. Thanks to Bev Spande for coordinating with MMAM and to all of the volunteers who staffed the… 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

Join the Friends at MMAM

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will join the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) on Saturday, August 10 from 10am – 5pm, at Second Saturdays. The theme for August is the Mighty Mississippi! Stop by our table to chat with the Friends and learn more about the refuge and our volunteer organization. We hope to… Continue Reading

July 2019 Friends Meeting

Friends and Volunteers, please consider joining the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters Board at their next meeting which will be this Thursday, July 25 at 4:10 p.m. in the Exchange Building (51 East 4th St, Winona) in Room 20 (basement). This meeting will focus on the Friends setting up a display at the Minnesota Marine… 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

Share the Joy of Fishing on the Refuge

Wednesdays & Thursdays This Summer The National Eagle Center is angling for volunteers to assist participants in our summer fishing program! Volunteer duties will include: Helping with check-in, check-out Assisting with equipment selection Monitoring dock activity Helping bait hooks & land fish Encouraging and guiding kids (many first-time fishers!) Helping inspect equipment Sharing information about… Continue Reading

May 2019 Friends Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters is this Thursday, May 23 beginning at 4:10 p.m. The meeting takes place in the basement (Room 20) of the Exchange Building located at 51 East 4th Street in Winona, MN. The meeting will focus on the upcoming Friends/Frozen River Film Festival partner showing of the… Continue Reading

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