The Refuge is known for its waterfowl hunting, fishing and wildlife observation. Refuge hunting and fishing seasons generally follow state seasons and regulations. To conserve this special place, and safeguard the experience for all we ask you to observe the Public Use Regulations and Hunting Regulations.
Areas throughout the Refuge are designated as closed or restricted use areas, usually fall to spring, to protect migrating waterfowl or for public safety. These areas are marked with orange-topped “special regulation” signs and list the restrictions and effective dates or seasons.
Public Use RegulationsHunting Regulations
Know the Signs- some of the common boundary signs on the refuge.
Youth and Hunters with Disabilities Deer Hunt at Lost Mound Unit, Savanna, Illinois posted August 1, 2014
Potter's Marsh Hunt Management Zone, Waterfowl Hunting Pool 13, Illinois updated July 1, 2014
Information and Permit
Refer to State Fishing Regulations in addition to the above Refuge Specific Regulations:
Minnesota Fishing Regulations
Wisconsin Fishing Regulations
Iowa Fishing Regulations
Illinois Fishing Regulations
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A Voluntary Waterfowl Avoidance Area begins October 15 on Lake Onalaska (Navigation Pool 7) of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge during the 2014 fall migration.