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General Information

Description - Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 5,754 acres of which 4,778 acres were acquired in 1978 from the former Delta Fish and Fur Farm. Located in the floodplain of the Upper Mississippi River the land was isolated from the Mississippi and Trempealeau by dikes built in 1911. These dikes diverted the Trempealeau River from its natural confluence with the Upper Mississippi River to a point just downstream from Trempealeau Mountain. Adjoining the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Perrot State Park, Trempealeau NWR provides important habitat for a variety of migratory birds including bald eagles, osprey, black terns, American white pelicans, sora rails, nineteen species of ducks, and numerous species of warblers.

The objectives of Trempealeau NWR is to provide breeding and migration habitat for migratory birds, provide habitat for native wildlife, protect endangered and threatened species, provide for biodiversity, and provide public opportunities for outdoor recreation and environmental education.

Attractions - Over 60,000 visitors come to Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge each year to explore river, prairie, and bottomland forest habitats. Canoeists and those with electric motors can ply the quiet wetlands unveiling excellent bird watching opportunities. Foot travel is offered on numerous nature trails and a five-mile auto tour is available for those with vehicles or those on bicycles.

Bird watching along this stretch of the Mississippi Flyway has resulted in a bird list of over 250 species. Common sightings include pied-billed grebe, double-crested cormorant, green heron, green-winged teal, American black duck, bufflehead, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, and ruffed grouse. Check with staff for details pertaining to seasons and habitat influences.

Fishing and hunting regulations are in accordance with state regulations. Call the NWR for environmental education specifics; contact number listed below.

Recreation - Recreations offered at Trempealeau NWR include hunting, fishing, hiking, watching wildlife, environmental education, and automobile touring.

Climate - Southwest Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. January's average temperature is above 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). Average July temperature is 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Southwest Region can range from 20 - 40". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

Location - Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge is located 3 miles southwest of Centerville on Highway 35 / 54.


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Filed By: Joni M. (Castle Rock, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Absolutely stunning natural beauty at Tremp. WR!!! Easy access. Incredible varity of waterfowl at distances easy to see w/out binocs. Observation deck at visitors ctr. has excellent scopes to view far-away pelicans, mergansers, herons, coots, etc. Only 2 other tourists in park on 4/20/05. A peaceful place to take your breath away!


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ICON Rivers & Streams Tremplealeau River, Upper Mississippi River
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More Information

Contact Information:
Trempealeau NWR, Route 1, Box 1602 , Trempealeau, WI, 54661-8272, Phone: 608-539-2311
, richard_frietsche@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Southwest Wisconsin - Southwestern Wisconsin is well known for the Norwegian descendants that farm the region and maintain many Scandinavian traditions.
Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers - Wisconsin is a land of lakes and rivers. The state boasts over 15,000 lakes, national and state protected rivers, and famed borders with the Mississippi, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.
Wisconsin National Wildlife Refuges - The National Wildlife Refuge System is a chain of over 500 refuges occupying some 92 million acres of land. Wisconsin's holdings are a vital link in this system, providing important services to wildlife, people, and the habitats which support them.

Links:
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge - Official agency website.

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