Sturgeon Slough Hiking Trail -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.

This trail is accessed from the Hwy 18 Bridge between Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin and Marquette, Iowa.  The trail leads you through the hardwood forest with opportunities to view the river and colorful birds.  Indigo buntings, American redstarts and Baltimore Orioles are summertime residents along the trail.

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Latitude: 43.044988 Longitude: -91.165997 Elevation: 629 ft
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Cindy Samples


Recreational Opportunities


The 0.7 mile trail is in the heart of the hardwood forest. 
After a flood or rain it is a muddy, slippery trail.

You will be under the canopy of the hardwood forest. Wood ducks nest in cavities in the trees and feed on the acorns on the ground. Bald eagles perch in the treetops and great blue herons feed in the shallow waters.
This is never a busy trail so you will see wildlife if it is in the area.

Wildlife Watching

Waterfowl feed and rest along this stretch of the river. Walk the trail in spring and fall to view the waterfowl.  Many mammals leave tracks on the trail.  Whitetail deer bound down the trail leaving their tell-tail hoofed tracks.   Beaver, muskrats and raccoons live in the river bottoms and can leave their tracks behind letting you know they were there on the trail.  Bald eagles are seen soaring over the river and  great blue herons feed in the shallow waters.


Bring your fishing rod and cast into the Mississippi River. Bait stores are available in Marquette, Iowa and Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin.

Seasons Accessible

The trail is open year round.  The trail is not groomed in winter and parking is limited.

The trail is not busy any time of year allowing for more opportunities to see wildlife.


There are no fees.

Accessibility Notes

The trail is a dirt path.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets must be on a 6’ leash. Wildlife is easier seen without pets.

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