• Trapping Permits Available

    Availability of Trapping Permits for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Refuge special use permits and trap tags for the 2018-2019 furbearer trapping season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be issued beginning October 1st at the Savanna district and October 9th at the 3 other locations:

    Savanna District, 7071 Riverview Rd, Thomson, IL

    Phone: 815-273-2732

    Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Winona District, 51 East 4th Street, Room 203, Winona, MN

    Phone 507-454-7351

    Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    La Crosse District, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI

    Phone 608-779-2399

    Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    McGregor District, 470 Cliffhaven Road, Prairie du Chien, WI

    Phone 608-326-0515

    Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    *If traveling from a long distance please call and confirm that staff will be in the office to issue tags.

    Refuge regulations require that trappers possess a Refuge permit and trap tags in addition to a state license to be eligible to trap furbearers on the Refuge. Trap tags must be obtained in person and trappers must have a valid 2018-2019 state trapping license in their possession when obtaining trap tags.

    Wisconsin residents must provide printed proof of trapping privileges at time of application.  Refuge employees do not have access the WIDNR electronic system to verify privileges via conservation card or driver's license.  

    Each trapper will receive 40 trap tags with their permit. All traps placed on the Refuge must have a tag attached.

    Refuge trapping permits are issued for a fee of $30.00 for trappers 18 years or older and $5.00 for trappers under age 18. Only cash and checks can be accepted. Trappers who did not return their fur catch report for the 2017-2018 seasons will not be issued a trapping permit for this year.

  • Pool Location Map

  • Fur Catch Report

    In addition to a valid state trapping license you will need a refuge special use permit and trap tags. Fur catch reports are due by April 15 every year. The submission of Fur Catch Reports is mandatory, even if you do not trap on the Refuge. Harvest data from reports is used for management purposes and shared with the respective State agencies. Trappers who fail to meet the April 15 deadline may not be eligible to receive trap tags for the next trapping season. In the middle of October of each year, Trap Tags are available at District Offices.

  • Youth Trapping Areas

    McGregor District’s Youth Trapping Areas 

    The purposes of these special areas are to provide youth an opportunity to learn and appreciate the art of trapping without direct competition from experienced trappers. 
    Youth Trapping Area regulations apply only to those specially designated areas for the first 14 days of the Refuge muskrat trapping season. After that date these areas are available to all trappers beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the day following the close of the youth season. 

    Additional Youth Trapping Area regulations include: 
    1. Youth trappers must be State licensed and under the age 18 at the time of issuance of Trapping Special Use Permit. 
    2. Youth trappers must obtain a Refuge Trapping Special Use Permit before trapping on the Refuge. 
    3. All applicable State and Federal trapping regulations will apply. 
    4. Youth trappers may be accompanied by an adult (over 18 years of age) but the following restrictions apply. 
    - All traps entering or within the Special Youth Trapping Area will be carried or transported by the youth trapper only. 
    - All animals taken within the Special Youth Trapping Area will be handled and transported by the youth trapper only. 
    - Accompanying adults may assist in the mechanical setting or arming of the trap, but may not place the actual set. 
    - Accompanying adults are not required to obtain a Trapping Special Use Permit.

    McGregor Lake, Pool 10 
    John Deer Marsh, Pool 11
    Bagley Bottoms, Pool 10 


  • Special Trapping Units

  • Special Conditions of Trapping Permit

    • Pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations, Title 50, Chapter 1, Subchapter C, Part 31, Subpart B, Section 31.16, the following conditions are prescribed by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the trapping of furbearers on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) situated in the States of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.

      2018-2019 Special Conditions

      Refuge Contact Numbers
      Winona District Office: (507) 454-7351
      La Crosse District Office: (608) 779-2399
      McGregor District Office: (608)326-0515
      Savanna District Office: (815) 273-2732






  • Furbearer Plan

    Furbearer Plan  (8 MG PDF)