Join us this Saturday, August 22, 2015 for a late summer prairie hike! Come and learn about the late prairie bloomers and many of the tall grasses showing off in the prairie! The hike will be led by refuge volunteers and will highlight prairie grasses and wildflowers. The hike will meet at the refuge office parking lot, near the observation deck at 9:00 AM and will last approximately 1 hour. The trail is crushed rock, gravel surface with a gradual slope and will accommodate visitors needing wheelchair accessibility. The hike is open to visitors of all ages and is free of charge. Please join us to discover the wonders of the prairie!
To get to the refuge from the La Crosse area, take Rt. 53 north to Rt. 54 west. Follow 54 west to Centerville and continue 3.1 miles to West Prairie Road. Turn left on West Prairie Road and drive one mile to the refuge entrance. Once you enter the refuge, you will cross a bridge, and follow the paved road to the refuge office. From Winona, take Rt. 43 across the Mississippi River into Wisconsin. Turn right onto Rt. 54 east. Travel 5.7 miles to West Prairie Road. Turn right onto West Prairie Rd. and drive one mile to the refuge entrance. Again, once you enter the refuge, you will cross a bridge, and follow the paved road to the refuge office.
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1936, lies within the Mississippi River flyway. This 6,200 acre Refuge contains rolling prairies, rich wetlands and bottomland forests which support a variety of wildlife species. It is an isolated backwater, providing needed resting and feeding areas for waterfowl and other birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
For more information, contact the Refuge at (608) 539-2311, ext. 6 or stop in at the Refuge office M-F, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.