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Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

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Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

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silversmith560 wrote a review Sep. 2017
Omaha, Nebraska119 contributions8 helpful votes
Large parking area, clear trails, viewers along the way to make it easy to spot distant waterfowl. A lovely afternoon walk along the Mississippi , with a variety of local Flora and fauna to see. Well maintained , porta potty available. Lovely spot!
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Taylor B wrote a review Aug. 2017
Chicago, Illinois6,565 contributions5,380 helpful votes
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge extends nearly 261 miles and contains more than 200,000 acres of fish and wildlife habitat in four states along the Mississippi River from Wabasha, Minnesota, to Rock Island, Illinois. Established in 1924 as a refuge for fish, wildlife and plants and a breeding place for migratory birds, it encompasses one of the largest blocks of floodplain habitat in the lower 48 states. It lays within the Mississippi Flyway, a migration pathway for birds. People migrate to the refuge to fish and hunt in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. Bordered by steep wooded bluffs that rise 100 to 600 feet above the river valley, the Mississippi River corridor and refuge offer scenic beauty and productive fish and wildlife habitat unmatched in the heart of America. It is the home or nesting area for some 270 species of birds, including seasonal flights of tundra swans, ducks and geese, migrating warblers, vireos, thrushes, sparrows, raptors, herons and resident bald eagles. One of the most popular fishing destinations is in the Savanna District, from Dubuque, Iowa, to Cordova, Illinois. Anglers look for smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and walleye. If you're not into hunting or fishing, there are several viewing stations along the route that offer spectacular panoramas of the Mississippi River.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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BluegooseTraveler wrote a review Aug. 2017
New York Mills, Minnesota1,250 contributions119 helpful votes
This is a National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) which has been bought and paid for with money from the sales of Federal Duck Stamps. The refuge is located in four states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois along the Mississippi River. The Savanna District is located in the NW corner of Illinois near the town of Thomson. The Refuge was established in 1924 as a haven for fish, wildlife and plants and a breeding place for migratory birds. The refuge offers many things to do like hunting, fishing and photographic opportunities. The refuge also offers hiking/bike trails, canoeing/kayaking, observation decks and a very nice visitor/learning center. Bring your family, children, camera and enjoy what this section of the Mississippi River has to offer.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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