Plan Your Visit

Black tern in flight - Ken Sturm/USFWS.

Know Before You Go

Insect repellent is necessary from mid-may through mid-October. Trails are frequently wet during the spring from mid–March through mid-May, including occasional inundation in very wet years. Some trails are closed for short periods especially in the fall when hunting activities are ongoing. Please observe and heed the posted seasonal information regarding trail conditions and advisories at trail heads. Dogs are allowed on the refuge, but MUST be on a leash and under the owners control at all times. Some areas along the lake boundary are closed to boating.  Click here for a map of areas closed to boating on the refuge.  Public use is generally allowed only along designated public use trails or on the Missisquoi River and Dead Creek by boat.  Click here for a map of open and closed areas on the refuge.

Please note: All Trails are closed except  Black Creek/ Maquam Creek Trail during deer  rifle and  muzzleloader  hunting season.   

Points of Interest

Headquarters building and visitor center is located at 29 Tabor Rd. Swanton, VT 05488. Tel. no. 802-868-4781

  1. Three hiking trails are available within one mile of refuge HQ building. Two more trails are accessed from Route 78. For a downloadable trail map click here.
  2. Large classroom (50 capacity) located at HQ building.
  3. Green energy HQ building with geothermal, solar panels and wind turbine capabilities.
  4. Access to Missisquoi River and Missisquoi Bay short distance away for kayaking, canoeing and boating. Click here for a guide to Boating the refuge.
  5. Refuge Trail Card Challenge: walk all the trails on the refuge, punch your trail card and get a free patch at the refuge office.  More information here. For a printable trail card click here.

Contact and Directions

Missisquoi NWR
29 Tabor Rd.
Swanton, VT 05488

Vermont RT. 78 to Tabor Rd. Turn onto Tabor proceed south 1/4 mile to refuge HQ.