Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit to the Refuge

Here is where the prairie meets the river and is a mosaic of large tracts of bottomland hardwood, riverine, wetland, and prairie habitat that hosts thousands of migrating birds, endangered species, fish and resident wildlife while offering the public excellent opportunities to enjoy these resources.

Points of Interest

Start your visit at the refuge office. To explore the refuge, stop by the overlook at the Muscatine Slough parking lot, hike the trails near the office, or bring your canoe and paddle the Odessa Water Trail. The accessible fishing pier at the inlet tubes on the Louisa Division is a popular fishing spot year round. The hiking trails are natural surface and vary in slope with some flat sections.

Know Before You Go

When planning a trip to the refuge, it is important to wear appropriate footwear and to dress for the weather. Consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable. Call or write before you visit so we can send you brochures and maps of the area and tell you the best current wildlife observation locations.

Directions, Address and Contact Information

Visitors can stop by the refuge office located six miles northeast of Wapello, Iowa, at 10728 County Road X61. The office is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., phone: 319-523-6982. General email:

From U.S. Highway 61, take County Road G56 east four miles. Turn right (south) at the stop sign onto County Road X61. The refuge office will be one mile on the left. Signs are in place to direct you from Highway 61.