Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving America's Fisheries

La Crosse FWCO Staff
La Crosse FWCO Staff

Who We Are

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program has played a vital role in conserving America's fisheries since 1871, partnering with states, tribes, federal agencies, other Service programs, and private interests in efforts to conserve fish and other aquatic resources. The Fisheries Program provides a broad network of on-the-ground expertise that is unique in its geographic coverage, its array of scientific capabilities, and its ability to work strategically across political and jurisdictional boundaries.

How We Help

La Crosse Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office works to:

  • Restore native, interjurisdictional fishes and aquatic habitats
  • Prevent the extinction of federally endangered fish and mussels
  • Impede the spread of nonindigenous aquatic nuisance species
  • Provide environmental education and outreach
  • Survey National Wildlife Refuges, provide management options
  • Attain fish passage on streams and restore historic fish migrations
  • Work on river and stream restoration, rehabilitation, and enhancement projects
  • Coordinate two National Fish Habitat Partnerships: Driftless Area Restoration Effort and Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin
  • Coordinate Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee
  • Coordinate Regional Motorboat Operator Certification Courses
  • Coordinate Regional Dive Team to mainly assist with mussel restoration
  • Work with Friends of the Upper Mississippi Fishery Services (FUMFS)
  • Fulfill federal trust responsibilities to Native American Tribes

Tribal Trust Responsibilities

Conserving U.S. fish and other aquatic resources cannot be successful without the partnership of tribes. They manage or influence some of the most important aquatic habitats both on and off reservations. In addition, the federal government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have distinct and unique obligations toward tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions, and statutory mandates.

La Crosse Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office works with the Menominee Tribe, Mille Lacs Band, Prairie Island Indian Community, and White Earth Reservation. Projects include lake sturgeon restoration efforts on the Wolf and Red River basins, walleye and trout fish assessments, wild rice assessment and habitat restoration.


Last updated: April 23, 2013