National Wildlife Refuge System

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER NATIONAL
WILDLIFE & FISH REFUGE

51 East 4th Street
Winona, MN, 55987
Phone: 507-452-4232
E-mail: uppermississippiriver@fws.gov

CHIPPEWA RIVER CANOE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 6.8 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Chippewa River Bottoms National Natural Landmark
  • Paddle through Nelson-Trevino Botoms - largest delta floodplain forest in upper Midwest
  • Experience a forest full of wildness and adventure
  • NOT a loop: use second vehicle or hike 1/4 mile to launch site


FINGER LAKES CANOE TRAIL - MINNESOTA

Trail Information

  • Length: 5.2 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Series of 4 canoe trails in Winona District
  • Spectacular fishing
  • Designed as Eagle Scout project in 2011



GOOSE ISLAND INTERPRETIVE - WISCONSIN

Trail Information

  • Length: 1 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Listen to the natural world

GREAT ILLINOIS BIKE TRAIL - ILLINOIS

Trail Information

  • GPS: 42 05.430 090 09.324
  • Length: 10 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: asphalt

Special Features

  • Access at Spring Lake near Savanna, IL
  • Bike repair station at Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center
  • Excellent birding and photography



GREAT RIVER GREAT ILLINOIS BIKE - ILLINOIS

Trail Information

  • GPS: 41 57.086 090 15.148
  • Length: 10 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: asphalt

Special Features

  • Near Thomson, IL
  • Part of the Grand Illinois Bike Trail
  • Excellent for birding and photography
  • Bike repair station at Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center


GREAT RIVER STATE TRAIL - WISCONSIN

Trail Information

  • Length: 6 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Crushed limestone

Special Features

  • Part of the 24-mi Great River Bike Trail
  • Ride the trail to Trempeauleau Refuge
  • Open to cross-country skiing/snowshoeing



HALFMOON LAKE CANOE TRAIL - MINNESOTA

Trail Information

  • Length: 4.7 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Moderate to difficult
  • Near Kellogg - scenic bluffs, forest, backwaters
  • Close encounters with river otters
  • Series of 4 canoe trails on refuge
  • Developed as Eagle Scout project in 2007

NELSON-TREVINO CANOE TRAIL - WISCONSIN

Trail Information

  • Length: 4.8 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Uppermost of 4 canoe trails on refuge
  • Incredible fishing
  • Breathtaking views
  • Bird watching
  • Developed as Eagle Scout project in 2010

PLEASANT CREEK HIKING TRAIL - IOWA

Trail Information

  • GPS: 42 10.940 090 21.343
  • Length: 5 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Gravel/dirt

Special Features

  • 7 miles south of Bellevue, IA
  • Great birding, cycling, photography, snowshoeing
  • Avoid Oct 15 through end of state duck hunting season
  • May flood when Mississippi River is high


PRICKLY PEAR TRAIL, LOOP 1 - ILLINOIS

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.38 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: dirt

Special Features

  • Primitive trail through timber
  • Great for birding




PRICKLY PEAR TRAIL, LOOP 2 - ILLINOIS

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.66 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: dirt

Special Features

  • Primitive trail through timber/grassland
  • Great for birding




PRICKLY PEAR, ACCESSIBLE - LOST MOUND UNIT - ILLINOIS

Trail Information

  • GPS: 42 10.970 090 15.148
  • Length: 0.25 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: asphalt

Special Features

  • 6 mi south of Hanover, IL (formerly Savanna Army Depot)
  • Overlook Mississippi River
  • Excellent birding area



ROCK CREEK CANOE - LOST LAKE LOOP - IOWA

Trail Information

  • Length: 3 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Access 6 mi south of Camanche, IA at Rock Creek County Park
  • Great birding and relaxation




ROCK CREEK CANOE - ROCK CREEK LOOP - IOWA

Trail Information

  • Length: 6 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Access 6 mi south of Camanche, IA at Rock Creek County Park





SPRING LAKE HIKING/BIKING - ILLINOIS

Trail Information

  • GPS: 42 03.904 090 07.500
  • Length: 4 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: gravel

Special Features

  • Access 1.5 miles south of Savanna, IL
  • Great wildlife observation/photography
  • 2 observation decks with scopes
  • Closed Oct 1 - end of state duck hunting season


STURGEON SLOUGH - WISCONSIN

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.8 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • On north side of river bridge along HWY 18
  • Parking lot




THOMSON PRAIRIE BIKE TRAIL - ILLINOIS

Trail Information

  • Length: 2 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Asphalt

Special Features

  • Located near Thomson, IL
  • Part of Grand Illinois Bike Trail
  • Excellent area for birding and photography



VERCHOTA CANOE TRAIL - MINNESOTA

Trail Information

  • Length: 11 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • For experienced paddlers
  • Explore off the main commercial channel
  • Lotus beds, side channels, slower pace
  • Evoke the days of Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn


Last updated: October 28, 2010