The Refuge is known for its waterfowl hunting, fishing and wildlife observation. Refuge hunting and fishing seasons generally follow state seasons and regulations. To conserve this special place, and safeguard the experience for all we ask you to observe the Public Use Regulations and Hunting Regulations.
Areas throughout the Refuge are designated as closed or restricted use areas, usually fall to spring, to protect migrating waterfowl or for public safety. These areas are marked with orange-topped “special regulation” signs and list the restrictions and effective dates or seasons.
Public Use RegulationsHunting Regulations Drones: The use of unmanned aircraft or drones on the Refuge is prohibited.
Know the Signs- some of the common boundary signs on the refuge.
Youth and Hunters with Disabilities Deer Hunt at Lost Mound Unit, Savanna, Illinois updated July 29, 2016
Potters Marsh Hunt Management Zone, Waterfowl Hunting updated July 29, 2016Potters Marsh Harvest Report updated July 29, 2016
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Refer to State Fishing Regulations in addition to the above Refuge Specific Regulations:
Minnesota Fishing Regulations
Wisconsin Fishing Regulations
Iowa Fishing Regulations
Illinois Fishing Regulations
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Brownsville Overlook on HWY 26 south of Brownsville, Minnesota offers one of the best locations to view and listen to the haunting calls of the Tundra Swans. The river refuge has grown arrowhead all summer for the hungry swans.