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Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
IUCN Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area)
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Looking west over the Mississippi River from an overlook within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
Location Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, United States
Nearest city Dubuque, Iowa
Area 240,000 acres (970 km2)
Established 1924
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Website Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
Official name: Upper Mississippi River Floodplain Wetlands
Designated: 1 May 2010
Reference #: 1901

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is a 240,000-acre (970 km2), 261-mile long (420 km) National Wildlife Refuge located in and along the Upper Mississippi River. It runs from Wabasha, Minnesota in the north to Rock Island, Illinois in the south.

Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge Map
(United States Fish and Wildlife Service)

In its northern portion, it is in the Driftless Area, a region of North America that remained free from ice during the last ice age. Certain parcels contained within the refuge were later transferred to the Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge is an important element of the Mississippi Flyway. It has many wooded islands, sloughs, and hardwood forests. The wildlife found here include the canvasback duck, tundra swan, white-tailed deer, and muskrat. Recreational activities include boating, hunting, fishing, and swimming.

Refuge Headquarters are located in Winona, Minnesota, with district offices located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and Thomson, Illinois.

Geography

The refuge is one of only two that spans portions of four states (the other is Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge). As of 30 September 2007 the area per state was: Wisconsin: 89,637.54 acres (362.75 km2), Iowa: 51,147.78 acres (206.99 km2), Minnesota: 33,868.64 acres (137.06 km2), Illinois: 33,489.57 acres (135.53 km2).

The following counties border on or have land within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. In each state, the counties are listed from north to south. The lakes and rivers within the refuge area of each county are also listed.

Minnesota

Wisconsin

Paddling the Mississippi River (6972322139)
Paddling the Mississippi River
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Sign

Iowa

Illinois

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