Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Recent Bird Sightings

    Click here to find the most up-to-date sightings along the Refuge

    Recent Bird Sightings

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    Transportation of Dredged Material CD

    The draft compatibility determination for transportation of dredged material can be seen here.

    Dredged Materials CD

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    Final Closed Area Evaluations 2021

    A Closed Area Evaluation report identifies changes to the management of the Closed Areas within the Refuge.

    Closed Area Evaluation 2021

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    Offices Have Moved!

    Winona and Headquarters offices are located at 102 Walnut Street Suite Winona MN 55987, suite 204 (W) & 205 (HQ)

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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