Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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About the Refuge

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Visitor Center

Visitor Center Operations Update: We now have a contactless naturalist station on Fridays and Saturdays -a naturalist is available to speak to through a speaker/microphone system for extra information at the front doors of the visitor center. The outdoor bathrooms are now also open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm to accommodate for sanitizing and cleaning. The interior of the visitor center will remain closed yet. We hope to have some limited indoor option by late summer/early fall. Call 608-565-2551 or check Facebook for updates. Enjoy the trails! Over 10 miles of hiking trails remain open from sunrise to sunset as well as many overlooks and observation decks.

About Us

Getting Here

Visitor Center Sign

The Refuge is located off of Hwy 21, 4 miles west of Necedah, WI or 18 miles east of Tomah, WI. To reach the Visitor Center, turn onto Headquarters Rd and travel 2 miles into the interior of the Refuge.

About the Refuge


Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

2013 Jr. Duck Stamp Best of Show

This program uses art and science to teach students in grades K-12 the value of wetlands and the waterfowl that use them. The program concludes with the annual art contest.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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