Midwest Region


Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
McGregor District
401 Business Highway 18 N
McGregor, IA  52157

January 12, 2012

Contact:  Ann Blankenship (563) 873-3423                                                        
Robert Vavra (563) 586-1232

Free Family Ice Fisheree

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge staff helps a young angler use the fish camera to see under the water. Photo by Mary Stefanski/USFWS.

The 11th annual Harpers Ferry Free Family Ice Fisheree will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Signs will direct people to the parking lot in Harpers Ferry where they will be given a ride to and from nearby Joyce Lake. This ice fishing experience is sponsored by area businesses, Harper’s Ferry River Friends, the Booster Club, the Friends of Pool 10 and the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Volunteers will introduce kids and adults alike to ice fishing and the value of connecting with nature, even when the weather turns cold.

Fishing equipment will be provided, along with free hot dogs and hot chocolate. There will be a raffle and door prizes for all young participants. All fish will be released. For more information please contact:  Robert Vavra (563-586-2123), J & L’s One Stop Sports Shop (563-586-2557) or Ann Blankenship (563-873-3423 x14).

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles along the Upper Mississippi River from Wabasha, Minnesota to Rock Island, Illinois, protecting and preserving habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife. This 240,000 acre refuge was established in 1924.

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