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.

Swan Watch 2019

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will again offer a bus tour to view the fall migration and changing colors of the Upper Mississippi River from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019. Participants will have the opportunity to view migrating tundra swans and other waterfowl up-close on the Upper Mississippi River National… Continue Reading

September Meeting

Thursday, September 26, 2019: Today at 4:10 p.m. the Friends will hold their regular monthly meeting with a twist. There will be three guests at today’s meeting. First, Winona State University seniors Matt Gruber and Austin Stearns will be joining to discuss how they can help the Friends through a project for their “Marketing for… Continue Reading

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

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

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