The approximately 12,000 square foot Silver LEED certified Visitor Center and Office serve as the gateway to the refuge. The facility include exhibits, a multipurpose room, staff offices and storage. Accessible trails and observation areas provide additional exploration opportunities on the 183 acres of sand prairie.
The exhibits, interpretive talks and special events highlight the natural history of the refuge. School, community, and agency groups have the opportunity to use the multipurpose room for classes, meetings, and presentations.
Trails around the Visitor Center
Refuge Visitor Center Operating Hours
- Open Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.- Open December Saturdays (Dec 7, 14, 21) : 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.- Closed Sundays and federal holidays
For more information, contact the Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit the center.
La Crosse District manages Pools 7 and 8 on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
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A year round resident on the refuge however numbers soar during the winter. Look below locks and dams where the river is not frozen. Aerial displays and pair bonding are best viewed from January through March. In winter, over 1,000 bald eagles grab fish,ducks or coots in the open water.