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Port Louisa
National Wildlife Refuge

male wood duck
10728 County Rd X61
Wapello, IA   52653
E-mail: portlouisa@fws.gov
Phone Number: 319-523-6982
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Port Louisa Refuge provides resting and feeding habitat for migratory waterfowl, such as wood ducks.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge offers environmental education programs in cooperation with the Louisa County Conservation Board. These programs are targeted for local, school-aged youths. Adult programs are also offered.

Fishing opportunities exist on all divisions of the refuge. Contact the refuge headquarters for division-specific open dates. Along with shoreline angling, the refuge provides boat access to the Mississippi River at the Big Timber and Louisa divisions.

Hunting opportunities exist on Horseshoe Bend, Big Timber, and Keithsburg divisions. Contact the refuge headquarters for open dates and special regulations.

Wildlife Observation
When the refuge is open, wildlife observation and photography are encouraged on the refuge. Common wildlife seen on the refuge include waterfowl, eagles, neotropical birds, shorebirds, wading birds, deer, turkeys, coyotes, beaver, and even the occasional river otter.

Refuge Headquarters - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. The refuge is open during daylight hours except for the following - Louisa Division: No public entry Sept. 14 - Feb. 1. Horseshoe Bend Division: No public entry Sept. 14 - Dec. 1. Keithsburg Division: No public entry Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.

Entrance Fees
The refuge does not require an entrance fee.

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