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Description - Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge consists of quiet waters and wetlands which attract large flocks of migratory birds. The refuge provides important feeding, resting and breeding habitat for migratory birds, especially waterfowl. The refuge is a major migration stop for mallards, black ducks, wood ducks, ring-necked ducks and occasionally snow geese. The refuge supports a large great blue heron rookery and provides breeding habitat for osprey, black terns and numerous other species of migratory birds.


Attractions - Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain near the Canadian Border in Franklin County, Vermont. The refuge includes most of the Missisquoi River Delta where it flows into Missisquoi Bay. The refuge consists of quiet waters and wetlands which attract large flocks of migratory birds.

The refuge provides important feeding, resting, and breeding habitat for migratory birds, especially waterfowl, in eastern Canada and the northern Lake Champlain section of the Flyway. The refuge is a major migration stop for mallards, black ducks, wood ducks, ring-necked ducks and occasionally snow geese. The refuge supports a large great blue heron rookery and provides breeding habitat for osprey, black terns and numerous other species of migratory birds.

Recreation - Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge consists of quiet waters and wetlands which attract large flocks of migratory birds. The refuge provides important feeding, resting and breeding habitat for migratory birds, especially waterfowl. The refuge is a major migration stop for mallards, black ducks, wood ducks, ring-necked ducks and occasionally snow geese. The refuge supports a large great blue heron rookery and provides breeding habitat for osprey, black terns and numerous other species of migratory birds.

Boating, fishing and hunting are enjoyed on these grounds. In addition, a visitor center offers a place to partake in an educational program, obtain brochures, use restrooms and learn more about the Refuge.

The Tabor Road area is known as a good location for spotting hawk, white-tailed deer, coyote and red fox. It is also a popular area for blueberry picking during late July and early August.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Location - Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain near the Canadian Border in Franklin County, Vermont.


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Contact Information:
Missisquoi NWR, P.O. Box 163 , Swanton, VT, 05488, Phone: 802-868-4781
, r5rw_msqnwr@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Alburg Recreational Rail Trail - The Alburg Recreational Rail Trail offers 3.5 miles of hard-packed cinder and gravel pathway along the shores of the beautiful Lake Champlain. The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is moments away.
Northern Vermont - Northern Vermont stretches between America's sixth largest lake and the state line of New Hampshire, this region offers an array of outdoor activities from boating and fishing to mountain hikes and moose hunting.
Vermont National Wildlife Refuges - The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife manage two wildlife refuges in Vermont, Silvio O. Conte and Missisquoi. Both refuges protect and manage biological diverse habitat while offering an educational and recreational opportunity to the public.

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