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This is the longest wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states. It extends 261 miles along the Mississippi River from the Chippewa River in Wisconsin to nearly Rock Island, Illinois.

With more than three million people annually who come to fish, boat, hike, birdwatch, hunt, sightsee or just relax, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is one of the country's largest and most visited refuges. Established in 1924, the 200,000-acre, 260-mile-long Upper Mississippi refuge features more than 265 bird species, 57 species of mammals, 35 species of reptiles and amphibians, and over 100 species of fish.

Special attractions along the La Crosse county shore of the river include boat and canoe rentals, the Long Lake and Goose Island canoe trails, with observation points at major pull-offs denoted by interpretive refuge signs. Displays of refuge wildlife are found at the US Fish and Wildlife Service visitors center, located at 555 Lester Ave. in Onalaska.

Location: Onalaska Wisconsin 54650 Telephone 608-783-8405

Other Wildlife Viewing nearby:
(Winona) Chessed Hills Farm
(Spring Grove) Dos Pondos Dos Llamos
(Chocrane) Hid-N-Hills Llamas
(Onalaska) Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge

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