4 Final Signed Compatibility Determinations

F our (4) Compatibility Determinations (CDs) addressing various economic and/or commercial uses of the Upper
Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been finalized.


 F our (4) Compatibility Determinations (CDs) addressing various economic and/or commercial uses of the Upper
Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been finalized.
The four compatible uses include:


Commercial Fishing Floats
Commercially Guided Wildlife/Wildlands Observation
Guided Sport Fishing
Guided Waterfowl Hunting


In addition to finalizing these CDs, the Refuge has also finalized regulations for permitting these uses. The final
program requirements and stipulations include:


Commercial Fishing Float Permit Conditions and Standards (2018 through 2023)
Commercial Wildlife/Wildlands Observation Guide Services on the Upper Mississippi River National
Wildlife and Fish Refuge – Program Requirements and Stipulations (2018 through 2023)

Fishing Guide Services on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – Program
Requirements and Stipulations (2018 through 2023)

Waterfowl Hunting Guide Services on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge –
Program Requirements and Stipulations (2018 through 2023)


Implementation of these programs will be phased over the next year. The Waterfowl Hunting Guide Services
program will be implemented immediately because a new application cycle was originally scheduled to begin this
year. The due date for submission of permit applications is June 15, 2018.
Currently permitted commercial fishing float operators will continue to operate under their existing permits with new
program implementation beginning in 2019. Similarly, commercial wildlife/wildlands observation guides will
continue to operate under their existing permits until 2019. Any new applications for wildlife observation guides will
fall under the newly established guidelines.
Due to the fact fishing guides have not previously been under a permit system by Upper Mississippi River National
Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the Fishing Guide Services Program will be implemented in 2019. More information
about implementation will follow in the form of mailings to currently operating guides and outreach throughout the
year.