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About the Refuge

A floodplain forest habitat.

The Refuge lies within the Mississippi Flyway, a migration pathway for birds.
Contact Us: uppermississippiriver@fws.gov

The refuge is located in four states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois along the Mississippi River. The Refuge was established in in 1924 as a refuge for fish, wildlife and plants and a breeding place for migratory birds. The refuge encompasses one of the largest blocks of floodplain habitat in the lower 48 states. Bordered by steep wooded bluffs that rise 100 to 600 feet above the river valley, the Mississippi River corridor and refuge offer scenic beauty and productive fish and wildlife habitat unmatched in the heart of America. The refuge covers just over 240,000 acres and extends 261 river miles from north to south at the confluence of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin to near Rock Island, Illinois. 

The refuge is designated as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar) and a Globally Important Bird Area.


Headquarters
507-452-4232
Refuge Manager   Sabrina_Chandler@fws.gov 507 494 6218
Asst. Refuge Manager    Timothy_Yager@fws.gov 507 494 6219
Wildlife Biologist      Stephen_Winter@fws.gov 507 494 6214
Wildlife Biologist  Brian_Stemper@fws.gov 507 494 6221
Visitor Services Manager Cindy_Samples@fws.gov   507 494 6216
Environmental Engineer  Sharonne_Baylor@fws.gov 507 494 6207
Administrative Officer Sherri_Collins@fws.gov 507 494 6212
Fish & Wildlife Biologist    Robert_Clevenstine@fws.gov 309 757 5800 ext 205 

All offices and Visitor Centers are closed on Federal Holidays.
The President has signed an order closing Federal agencies on Friday, December 26th, 2014.
 
Winona District   Pools 4-6 (Wabasha, MN to La Crosse, WI)
River Miles 763.5 -  714.5
507-454-7351
Staff

LaCrosse District  Pools 7-8 (La Crosse, WI to Reno, MN)
River Miles 714.5 - 679.5
608-779-2399
Staff

McGregor District  Pools 9-11 (Reno, MN to Dubuque, IA)
River Miles 679.5 - 583.1
563-873-3423
Staff

Savanna District  Pools 12-14 (Dubuque, Ia to Cordova, IL)
River Miles 583.1 - 502.7
815-273-2732
Staff

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014
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