Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Check out our Facebook page to stay up to date on what is happening at the refuge!

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    Get Involved!

    Join the Friends of Port Louisa NWR to get involved with activities on the refuge.

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    Mmmm, Milkweed!

    Keep an eye out for emerging milkweed. This is the only plant monarch caterpillars will eat, so consider this while planning your garden.

    Milkweed Seed Finder


Odessa Hunters Should Plan for Lower Water Levels this Fall

August 30, 2019

The water level on the Odessa WMA and adjacent Port Louisa NWR will not be raised to normal fall levels to allow the area's forest resource to recover after prolonged flooding.

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Celebrating Biological Diversity

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What do butterflies and ducks have in common? Wildflowers! Diverse prairie and wetland habitats provide valuable food for both pollinators and for ducks.

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Keithsburg Division Habitat Restoration Project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are developing a plan to restore and enhance the Keithsburg Division. The project goal is to improve habitat conditions on the 1,400 acre Division for migratory birds.

Keithsburg Habitat Project Details

New Bird Checklist


Port Louisa NWR provides habitat for a variety of bird species throughout the seasons. Check out a new bird checklist for refuge!

Port Louisa NWR Bird Checklist


Water Levels on the Refuge


Water levels on nearby rivers have a big impact on access and habitat conditions on the Refuge. Check current water levels before your visit.

Water Levels on the Refuge and Nearby Rivers

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.

Learn more about the NWRS