Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor CenterWildlife and Fish Refuge La Crosse District Visitor Center

Beginning Sunday, August 30, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish

Refuge’s La Crosse District Visitor Center will begin fall operating hours:

  • Open Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Open Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and Federal holidays.

This schedule will be in effect through Sunday, November 23, 2015.

For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit

the center, located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. Information may also be

found on the Refuge’s webpage: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/

Connect with our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UpperMissNWFR.

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The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited

refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles along the Upper

Mississippi River from Wabasha, Minn. to Rock Island, Ill., protecting and preserving

habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife.

In addition to being the most visited refuge in the country, the “Upper Miss” Refuge

has the added complexity of a major navigation system, including 11 locks and dams,

within its boundary. It is also a world-class fish and wildlife area which harbors 306

species of birds; 119 species of fish; more than 300 active bald eagle nests;

thousands of heron and egret nests; spectacular concentrations of canvasback ducks,

tundra swans, and white pelicans; and several threatened or endangered species.