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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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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Teachers and Educators should check out the Educator's Guide for a complete list of resources, nature programs and activities available at the refuge.

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is also the state receiving site for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest Visit this site to learn more.

Field trips for school groups, adult seminars and educational programs, demonstrations, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. For a complete list of refuge activities and for a complete listing of videos and DVDs available to educators through the refuge lending library, click on the learn more link below. If you are interested in these offerings, please write or call the refuge for additional information.

Activities Schedule & Lending Library Resources

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Sport fishing on the refuge follows all Vermont fishing regulations. This includes open seasons, limits and methods of fishing. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's Annual Guide to Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Laws is available at the refuge headquarters.

A great variety of fish abound in the waters in and surrounding Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, bullhead, white perch and yellow perch are the most sought after fish on the delta. Other species caught include: burbot, carp, catfish, bowfin, white and red sucker, American eel, chain pickerel, muskellunge, sheephead, crappie, gar, pumpkinseed, smallmouth bass and rock bass.

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Portions of the refuge are open to waterfowl hunting and upland game and deer hunting in accordance with state and federal regulations. Permits and special regulations apply; please contact refuge headquarters for detailed information. The refuge is one of the most popular and well-known waterfowl hunting locations in the region.

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Refuge headquarters is open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm. 802-868-4781. Interpretive leaflets including the refuge general brochure, hiking, fishing, waterfowl hunting, upland game/big game hunting, birding, and a refuge mammal list are available in refuge leaflet boxes and at refuge headquarters.

Activities are offered throughout the year and include nature walks, boat tours, presentations, and special events. For a listing of refuge activities, click on the learn more button under Environmental Education. If you are interested in these offerings, please write or call the refuge for additional information.

Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. have a number of items on sale at headquarters, including t-shirts, hats, tote bags, and pins.

Wildlife Observation
Refuge trails provide good opportunities for wildlife observation and photography as the trails pass through a variety of habitats. You may see red fox, white-tailed deer, an assortment of birds, beautiful native wildflowers and a wide variety of other wildlife species. Refuge trails are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Visitor Center - Open 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday - Friday & 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday. Outdoor facilities are open daily, dawn to dusk year 'round.

Entrance Fees
The refuge does not currently charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
Upland Game/Big Game Hunt Program All persons hunting upland or big game on Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge must obtain a permit and pay a $10 fee at refuge headquarters prior to hunting. Hunters must hold a valid state hunting license in order to obtain a refuge hunting permit. Migratory Game Bird Hunt Program Waterfowl The refuge is divided into six discrete waterfowl hunting units. Not all units require permits or fees. Only hunters who draw a blind site during the pre-season lottery are required to pay a $10 fee no later than two days before the first day of the season or the permit will be canceled and made available to standby hunters. Woodcock and Common Snipe No permit or fee is required to hunt woodcock and snipe on the refuge. Golden Age Passport holders and Golden Access Passport holders are entitled to 1/2 price Use fees.
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