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National Wildlife Refuge

Photo collage of Missisquoi River, Environmental Education, Black Tern, Great Blue Heron Rookery
29 Tabor Rd.
Swanton, VT   05488
E-mail: missisquoi@fws.gov
Phone Number: 802-868-4781
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Missisquoi Refuge is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain near the Canadian border. This 6,729 acre refuge provides habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.
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Bank fishing is permitted along Charcoal Creek where it passes under Route 78 and along the shore line of the Missisquoi River from refuge headquarters to Mac's Bend boat launch. Bank fishing is accessible only by foot from Louie's Landing to Mac's Bend. Fishing access is available for disabled individuals at Louie's Landing. Fishing is also permitted from a boat on the Missisquoi River and Lake Champlain in areas that are not posted as closed to public access.

Boats and canoes may be launched from Louie's Landing all season. A second boat ramp, on Mac's Bend Road, is open from September - November. Boating is permitted along the Missisquoi River and in Lake Champlain where it borders the refuge. Portions of the refuge are closed to boaters, however, to protect wildlife habitat. From April - November closed areas are marked to provide undisturbed nesting and resting areas for endangered osprey, threatened black terns and other migratory birds. Please watch for and respect "Closed Area" signs.

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge has a strong commitment to America's youth and is proud to celebrate National Fishing Week by sponsoring an unforgettable day of fishing for kids and their families. The Annual Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge Fishing Derby for Kids takes place each June. Youngsters, ages 15 years and younger are eligible for prizes. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Local fishing experts are on hand to assist refuge staff in giving valuable fishing tips to the kids. Kids learn about fishing techniques, fishing ethics, and the importance of wetlands to fish and other wildlife.

A refuge fishing brochure is available in refuge leaflet boxes and at refuge headquarters.

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