Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

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    January to March Program Schedule

    There are lots of opportunities to explore the refuge as we enjoy winter. Please pay special attention to holiday closings.

    January to March Program Schedule

  • Artist-in-Residence

    Professional artists are invited to share their discipline while surrounded by nature. Email ottawa@fws.gov for an application.

    Artist-in-Residence Flyer

News

Invasive Plant Found on Refuge

Japanese sliltgrass has been discovered in the area. Help us stop the spread.

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Wildlife Drive Dates

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Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of you car! The 7 mile route departs from the visitor center entrance road. Gates open at sunrise and close one hour prior to sunset. Dates are December 22, 23, January 19, 20, February 17, 18, and March 17, 18. For more events on the refuge see the calendar in the link below.

January - March 2019 Program Calendar
Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Wetland Restoration

The Partners for Fish & Wildlife program works with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their lands. We are leaders in voluntary, community-based stewardship for fish and wildlife conservation. The future of the nation’s fish and wildlife depends on private landowners – more than 90% of land in the Midwest is in private ownership. Providing more high quality habitat not only helps wildlife - by contributing to a healthy landscape, you create a conservation legacy to pass on to future generations. Partnerships are the key! To accomplish this work, we team up with private conservation organizations, state and federal agencies and tribes. Together, with the landowner, this collective shares funding, materials, equipment, labor and expertise to meet both the landowner’s restoration goals and our conservation mission.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS