Visitor Activities


Grab your binoculars and some comfortable walking shoes and take the day to bask in the beauty and solitude of this refuge.


  • Wildlife Observation

    Wildlife Observation

     Viewing wildlife is best in spring and fall as migrating birds pass through. The observation deck near the visitor center provides an expansive view of the main pool area where bald eagles, tundra swans, geese, and ducks can be seen from mid-March well into April. Warbler watching is great in late April or early May. If you are curious about the what birds are being recorded, a real-time bird report can be found under recent bird sightings.

    Trempealeau NWR Bird Checklist

  • Wildlife Photography


     Wildlife photography opportunities are abundant along roads, trails and observation points. Spend the day photographing wildlife for a peaceful way to explore the refuge. Start at the observation deck to get an expansive view of refuge pools and observe large flocks of waterfowl resting and refueling especially in the spring and fall.

  • Interpretation


     Kiosks are located at observation points and at trail heads. The visitor center is home to a large relief map and an eBird computer station which logs real-time data of bird observations. Stop in and check out what birds visitors have seen and where.

  • Environmental Education


     Programs for school groups, scouts and other organized groups are conducted by Refuge staff both on and off the refuge. Scheduled annual events include a spring birding festival, River Education Days in May and a fall Refuge Week activity. This refuge is a place where learning comes naturally! The wild setting invokes a sense of place and enables students of all ages to make their connection to the world outside! Nature just happens here and students get connected by being part of it. If you are trying to fit a field trip into your curriculum and need a specific topic, let us know and we’ll see how we can meet your needs. Programs can be adjusted for all grade levels.
    Environmental Education brochure

  • Hunting

    Hunting 2

     There are two Hunting Zones on the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, the North Zone and the South Zone. A Refuge permit is required for all hunting activities in the South Zone, and special conditions apply. In the North Zone, Refuge land is open to public hunting and a Refuge permit is not required for hunting activities. Please refer to the Permits section for information on Hunting Zone boundaries, General Hunting Regulations, season dates and application instructions for permitted hunting opportunities. 

    Specific hunting information may be found here - Permits

  • Fishing

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     Rough fish (carp and buffalo) and bullheads are the dominant species in the refuge pools. Most anglers fish for bullheads from shore. Bullheads are quite plentiful and easy to catch but not large in size. Limited numbers of northern pike are taken with a few large fish (over 10 pounds) usually reported each year. Other game fish include bass, bluegill, crappie and yellow perch can be caught but are not common. Refuge pools are open to boat fishing (electric motors only) via the ramp at Kiep’s Island boat landing.

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  • Biking


    Biking on the refuge is a wonderful way to view wildlife and just enjoy the outdoors. Bicyclist can travel on all roads and dikes throughout the refuge unless marked closed.  A portion of the Great River State Trail (GRST) passes through the refuge which makes a great connector for those coming from Perrot State Park on a leisurely bike ride or for the serious cyclists using the GRST.  Trail passes for the GRST are sold at the refuge (but are not needed for biking in the refuge).

  • Seasonal Activities


    Beautiful blooms cover the prairie with bursts of bright vibrant colors during spring and summer months. Surround yourself with birds chirping, fluttering butterflies, and beautiful blooms on a wildflower walk along our prairies edge trail. Explore the refuge in a canoe or kayak and catch a glimpse of a Great blue heron or White pelican.  Bike, hike, or drive to discover what wonders await you around every corner. 

    Take a look at our events page for guided wildflower hikes, festivals, yoga, and canoeing events. 


    Don't forget to check back in fall for gorgeous autumn hikes around the refuge.