Fox River National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 1,054 acres of wetland and upland habitat along the Fox River in Marquette County, Wisconsin. The refuge is closed to the public with the exception of licensed deer hunters during designated time periods of the deer archery and gun seasons.
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
Everywas created for a special purpose. Some were created to protect migratory birds, others to protect threatened or endangered species or unique habitats, while others fulfill another special purpose. All activities allowed on refuges must be evaluated to make sure each activity will not conflict with the reason the refuge was founded.
The purpose of Fox River National Wildlife Refuge is to serve as an inviolate sanctuary for migratory birds, specifically greater sandhill crane staging and nesting habitat. The Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Act uses money from Duck Stamp sales to purchase refuge lands. Many lands purchased with Duck Stamp funds were defined as inviolate sanctuaries. These lands, under most circumstances, must be at least partially closed to migratory bird hunting to allow birds a place of refuge and protection where they cannot be harmed.
July 28 1978 - Fox River National Wildlife Refuge was authorized under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Unique Wildlife Ecosystem Program for the purpose of protecting an area known as the Fox River Sandhill Crane Marsh from further ecological damage.