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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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The refuge, which is predominantly wetlands, is bisected by approximately 6 miles of the Missisquoi River and includes more than 10 miles of lakeshore along the Missisquoi and Maquam Bays.

Three man made impoundment areas on the refuge consist of Cranberry Pool, approximately 500 acres and 3.5 miles of dike, Goose Bay Pool, approximately 110 acres and 1000' of dike, and Big Marsh Slough, approximately 600 acres and 300' of dike. Big Marsh Slough dike was built in 1956 and Goose Bay Pool was built in 1959 by refuge staff. Cranberry Pool was built in 1968 by contact with a local construction company and cost $52,000. Today's replacement cost is estimated at $3 million.

Management goals have evolved over the years and today the refuge works with partners from all sectors to recover threatened species, protect and restore wetlands, provide habitats for migratory birds, and provide quality wildlife-oriented recreational activities for visitors.

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