Check out the colors, migration on guided tour


The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters will again offer a coach bus tour to view the fall migration and changing colors of the Upper Mississippi River from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

Participants will have the opportunity to view migrating tundra swans and other waterfowl up-close on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The trip will also include a stop at a Refuge Visitor Center on Brice Prairie, Wis.

The bus tour will leave from Winona, stop at Brice Prairie, Wis., and then travel down-river to the Brownsville Overlook near Brownsville, Minn. Retired La Crosse District Refuge Manager Jim Nissen will be on board to provide interpretation and answer questions. Binoculars, spotting scopes and brochures will be provided for the day.

There is limited seating and reservations are required. The cost is $30 per person, which includes a box lunch. There will be no refunds issued after the registration deadline on Friday, November 8. Participants should dress for the weather as it can be wet, cold, and windy.

You are encouraged to make your reservation and pay online by visiting

If you prefer to make your reservation by phone or email contact Mary Stefanski at, or at 507-454-7351; please leave a message if she is unavailable when you call. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters and Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.


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