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 eBird Kiosk - recent bird sightings.
Refuge Visitor Center Operating Hours Spring and Summer - (April 1 - August 31)
- Open Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.- Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - 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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The Pelican cam is operational, the pelicans and cormorants have already begun nesting. Check out the webcam on Cormorant Island. The white pelicans are sitting on 2 eggs in a shallow depression on the island and cormorants are sitting on 4-5 eggs in stick nests in the trees and on the ground."
Thanks to our Friends group for providing these webcams.