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Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge -Verchota Landing - Minnesota
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Refuge Ranger
N 44° 05.541 W 091° 43.183
15T E 602486 N 4882926
Quick Description: There is a 10 mile marked canoe trail that leaves from this boat landing!
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 6/23/2011 7:29:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMBVEV
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Moun10Bike
Views: 2

Long Description:
It's an anglers paradise, a waterfowl hunters dream, and a birdwatchers bounty.

Established in 1924 the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge encompasses 240,000 acres of Mississippi River floodplain in a continuous stretch of 261 river miles from Wabasha, Minn. to Rock Island, Ill.

The refuge is a national scenic treasure complete with river, backwaters, islands and forests framed by 500 foot high bluffs. The Great River Road National Scenic Byway hugs the refuge on each side.

Designations:
Globally Important Bird Area (Audubon Society)
Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Convention on Wetlands)
Great River Road- National Scenic Byway

Refuge Facts:
- 50% of the world's Canvasback ducks stop on the refuge during fall migration.

- 40% of the North America's waterfowl use the river flyway during migration.

- 20% of the eastern United States population of Tundra Swans visit the refuge during fall migration.

- 306 bird species

- 119 fish species

- 51 mammal species

- 42 mussel species
NWR Website: [Web Link]

Point of Interest (POI): Birding

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