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    Paddle the Backwaters

    You are invited to join Refuge Ranger Ed on a paddle through the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

    Guided Canoe Paddle 2019

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    Banking on Nature Report

    Learn how the Refuge brings money and jobs into your local community!

    Banking on Nature Report 2017

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    Special Deer Hunt: Lost Mound Unit

    This hunt is open to the general public through an application process.

    Special Deer Hunt: Lost Mound Unit

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    Guided Golf Cart Tours to Begin!

    Take a tour of the Refuge in a golf cart...

    Golf Cart Tours

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    Check Out Our Webcams!

    Get an inside view of birds in their habitat!


What's Going On?

View wildlife on our webcams.


These webcams give you an inside view of birds in their habitat!


Final Compatibility Determinations

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View the final signed compatibility determinations and program requirements.

Final Signed Compatibility Determinations

News Releases


Stay current with public events and important notices on the refuge.

News Releases
Discover Wildlife

Discover Wildlife


Mayflies, dragonflies, bald eagles all grace the skies. Walleye, perch and largemouth bass swim below the river. Why not give dragonfly watching a chance?

Discover Wildlife

Be a patient photographer

Be a Patient Photographer


Wildlife shots take time. What better place to relax and wait then outside on a refuge.

Wildlife Photography Tips

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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