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Whittlesey Creek
National Wildlife Refuge

coastal wetland with forest behind
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 County Hwy. G
Ashland, WI   54806
E-mail: whittleseycreek@fws.gov
Phone Number: 715-685-2678
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Whittlesey Creek Refuge protects coastal wetlands on Lake Superior.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge and the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center are proud to offer quality, hands-on programs for students and groups ages preschool through twelfth grade. Programs offer awareness, understanding, and civic action on many different natural, cultural and historic resources of the Lake Superior area. Participants can visit the refuge or adjacent public lands as well as participate in habitat restoration and cultural programs.

Fishing is allowed within Whittlesey Creek. Trout and salmon are the preferred game fish. Anglers must follow State regulations.

Waterfowl hunting in accordance with State regulations is allowed on refuge lands east of State Highway 13. The mouth of Whittlesey Creek has traditionally been a favorite hunting spot for waterfowlers.

Summer interpretive programs are offered by refuge and visitor center staff. Interpretive programs run from June through August, free and open to the public to drop in anytime during the programs to learn about the area and the treasures found here. The visitor center also offers a large exhibit hall and several temporary exhibits sure to engage visitors of all ages. Partners also host a variety of special events throughout the year. Two highlighted ones that involve fish and wildlife directly are the Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival and Kids Fishing Day.

Wildlife Observation
The public can access refuge lands for wildlife observation and photography. It is best to contact the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center for access points. As lands are acquired, we are attempting to make these available for public use.

Refuge Headquarters - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Visitor Center - The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Entrance Fees
There is no entrance fee for either the Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge or the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.

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