Paddle the Mississippi River backwaters


You are invited to join Refuge Ranger Ed on a paddle through the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Winona. Join fellow paddlers on Saturday, August 24, at 10 a.m. at the Verchota Landing for a two-hour adventure. This paddle is recommended for moderate to experienced paddlers.

The Verchota Boat Landing is located at 27988 Harbor Drive between the Lock and Dam 5A spillway and Minnesota City Boat Club. The GPS coordinates for the Verchota Landing are 44°05`.33.50”N 91°43`12.14”W.

Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, by emailing or calling Ranger Ed Lagace at 507-494-6236 or The refuge will provide canoes, paddles and personal floatation devices for your use, or you can bring your own equipment.


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