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National Wildlife Refuge

great blue heron perched in tree, with red foliage behind
W28488 Refuge Rd.
Trempealeau, WI   54661
E-mail: trempealeau@fws.gov
Phone Number: 608-539-2311
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Dikes on Trempealeau Refuge create pools which provide habitat for waterfowl and wading birds, such as great blue herons.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Schools, universities, and other groups are welcome and encourage to visit and study nature. Diverse Refuge habitats provide a wonderful outdoor classroom for many educational group activities. Groups can schedule guided walks, specific curriculum-based programs or utilitize prairie and wetlands educational trunks by contacting the Refuge Park Ranger. The Refuge celebrates International Migratory Bird Day in May and National Wildlife Refuge Week in October - schools are encourage to participate in Refuge festivals for they can provide excellent learning opportunties. If your groups plans to visit the Refuge with or without the assistance of a Refuge Park Ranger, please notify the Refuge office prior to your arrival (608-539-2311, ext. 16).

Fishing opportunities on the Refuge are limited. Hand-powered craft and boats with electric motors can be launched at the landing near Kiep's Island. All current Wisconsin State regulations governing inland waters apply. Nearby area lakes and the Mississippi and Trempealeau rivers are great resources for fishing opportunities near the Refuge.

Deer hunting is available on a limited basis during the gun season and late archery. A special waterfowl hunt for disabled hunters is held annual in October. Details about these programs are available at the Refuge office and the Refuge's Web site.

The 4.5-mile, self-guided, Wildlife Drive will acquaint you with the diverse habitats and wildlife of the Refuge, including sand prairie, marsh, and hardwood forest communities. Two interpretive nature trails highlight the Refuge's unique features - Prairie View Trail off of the Wildlife Drive, which has a universally accessible 0.3-mile inner loop and a 0.5-mile outer loop; and the 0.5-mile Woods Trail near the observation deck. An annual calendar of schedule interpretive programs is available at the Refuge office and the Refuge's Web site.

Wildlife Observation
Refuge wildlife and scenery provide excellent opportunities for observation and photography. The Refuge is open year-round during daylight hours with miles of roads and dikes available for hiking and bicycling. An accessible observation deck with spotting scopes overlooks the marsh. The Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Refuges sponsor a photography contest each year for photos taken on the refuges along the Upper Mississippi River; details are available from the Refuge office.

Refuge Office - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Saturday. Wildlife Drive/Outdoor Facilities - Open daily, dawn to dusk (year-round).

Entrance Fees
This Refuge does not require an entrance fee.

Use Fees
There is a $10 fee for a deer permit. Trapping permits are awarded through an annual auction (minimum $40 bid).
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