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    Seasons opening

    With the refuge in four states the seasons open on different dates.


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    View Tundra Swan Migration

    Naturalists will be available at Brownsville and Shady Maple Overlooks weekends through November 23.


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    Fall Waterfowl Migration Watch

    Each week during fall, biologists fly over the Upper Mississippi River and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuges to estimate bird use.

    Waterfowl Migration Counts

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    We are 90 years old this year!

    The refuge was established in 1924 prior to construction of any locks and dams.

    History of the Refuge

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    Like us on Facebook and stay up to date on what is happening at the refuge.

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Let's Go Outside

Find your adventure here:


Choose your adventure, there are canoe and walking trails throughout the refuge

Visitor Activities

How to speak River Language

Learning River Language

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Pools, navigation channel, backwaters, side channels, sloughs, and fish the wingdams are words and phrases used to describe places on the river refuge.

Learning River Language

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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What's Happening?

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2014
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