This site is just one stopping point along the 261 mile long Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge established by Congress in 1924. The north end of the refuge begins at the confluence of the Mississippi and Chippewa rivers near Wabasha, Minnesota and ends near Rock Island, Illinois.
The canoe trail is accessed from the Goose Island County Park. The county park is an island in the Mississippi River and is in the heart of the La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Canoeing the trail is a wonderful way to spend your day at Goose Island. Exploring the island by water is a great way to see muskrat, mink and deer.