Fishing on the Refuge returns


The National Eagle Center’s summer fishing program, Fishing on the Refuge, is back and ready to welcome young anglers.

Fishing on the Refuge is an experiential learning opportunity for kids ages 15 and younger. It begins on Wednesday, June 19, and is offered on every Wednesday and Thursday through August 29. With paid admission, kids may use fishing poles, life jackets, and lead-free tackle provided by the National Eagle Center and Minnesota DNR to catch fish in the Mississippi River during their visit. Participants can fish from the public dock located outside the National Eagle Center.

Over 300 kids participated in the program in 2018.

“Fishing on the Refuge is a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn about the Mississippi River and our environment,” said Scott Mehus, educational director at the National Eagle Center. “They learn about the native species of fish in the Mississippi River. They learn the importance of using lead-free tackle as it relates to bald eagles and conservation. It’s an opportunity to observe birds and other native wildlife, and for many kids, it’s their first experience with fishing. It’s a great way to experience the outdoors.”

The Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge begins near the National Eagle Center in Wabasha and runs 261 miles south to Rock Island, Ill.

The National Eagle Center is open from daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about Fishing on the Refuge can be found at

The National Eagle Center is a landmark interpretive center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. Offering wild eagle viewing and live eagle programs daily, the National Eagle Center connects people with eagles in nature, history, and culture. For more information about the National Eagle Center, visit


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