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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.

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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