National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Great River National Wildlife Refuge is made up of three remote units along the Mississippi River. Fox Island and Long Island Divisions provide primitive opportunities to explore river habitats and wildlife by foot or boat. Directions to these divisions are available by viewing the maps. The Delair Division is closed to the public as a condition of the purchase.
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The Mississippi River valley serves as one of the most important bird migration corridors in North America. Riverine wetland habitats offers migrating birds essential food and cover along their journey. Nearly 300 bird species, including waterfowl, hawks, eagles and herons, visit the refuge during migration.