Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge was established as an individual refuge on May 31, 2000. The refuge consists of seven island divisions that lie within the uncontrolled portion of the Middle Mississippi River, below the confluence with the Missouri River, where river levels are not regulated by the lock and dam system. These lands provide access to the floodplain for native fish during high water stages and create a corridor of floodplain forest habitat for migratory birds and resident wildlife. The refuge was designated as an Important Bird Area in 2008.

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National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge provides opportunities to get outdoors, whether it’s for hunting and fishing, wildlife observation, a scenic river drive or just to stretch your feet.

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      Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge protects river floodplain habitat which are important resting and feeding areas for many migratory birds. As a result, the refuge offers excellent opportunities for birdwatching, especially during spring and fall migrations.