Highway 26 Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

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. 

Visitors arriving in late summer or early fall can see wild rice reaching up out of the river. This plant provides a hearty meal for wood ducks and other waterfowl. In late October through November visitors have an opportunity to witness a wildlife spectacle on the Refuge. Tundra Swans arrive on their migrational journey. When the river freezes the spectacle vanishes and visitors have to wait for another fall to witness this sight.

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Latitude: 43.663762 Longitude: -91.276382 Elevation: 646 ft
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Cindy Samples

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Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Observation
The prime time to view migrating waterfowl.  Tundra swans gather by the thousands to rest and feed on the arrowhead plants.  

Visitors arriving in late summer or early fall can see the aquatic wild rice reaching up out of the river.  This plant provides a hearty meal for wood ducks and other waterfowl. 

Bald eagles perch in the treetops waiting for an opportunity to snatch a duck or grab a fish from the river.

Seasons Accessible

The overlook is accessible spring, summer and fall.  The parking lot is not plowed during the winter months.  The overlook is open 24 hours a day however best viewing times are sunrise and sunset.  

Fees

There are no fees.

Accessibility Notes

This is an accessible  overlook a half mile north at the Brownsville Overlook is a handicapped spotting scope and accessible porta potty.

Pet Friendly Notes

All pets must be on a 6' leash or less.  

Comments

I love watching wildlife on the refuge. There are many 70 communities that border the refuge. You can find yummy meals. Traveling down river you will find a place for smoked jerky.

Cindy, 8/29/2016

One of my favorite places on the refuge.

Ranger Cindy, 8/29/2016

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