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Plan Your Visit

PlanVisit_2016The 6,226-acre Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge lies within the Mississippi flyway, along the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin. It is an isolated backwater, cut off from the Mississippi and Trempealeau rivers by dikes. It is a resting and feeding area for waterfowl and other birds.

Plan to explore the 4.5-mile self-guided Prairie’s Edge Tour Loop which is accessible by bikes, pedestrians and vehicles. Along the tour, visit the observation deck and look through the high-powered spotting scopes. There are several short self-guided walking trails and walking on top of the refuge dikes provide some excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Plan to spend time browsing the book store in the Visitor Center operated by the Friends of Trempealeau Refuge. Whether it is by foot, bicycle or car, let the refuge satisfy and soothe your spirit. The refuge visitor center and office are open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  


General Refuge Brochure
Prairie's Edge Tour Loop brochure
Public Use Map and Regulations

Contacting the Refuge
V/TTY: 800-877-8339

Getting Here

W28488 Refuge Road
Trempealeau, WI 54661

From La Crosse, Wisconsin, take Rt. 53 north to Rt. 54 west. Follow Rt. 54 to Centerville and continue 3.1 miles to West Prairie Road. Turn left on West Prairie Road and drive one mile to the refuge entrance. 

From Winona, Minnesota take Rt. 43 across the Mississippi River into Wisconsin. Turn right onto Rt. 54 east. Travel 5.7 miles to West Prairie Road. Turn right onto West Prairie Road and drive one mile to the refuge entrance.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2016
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