Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton

#13 of 21 in Wildlife in Vermont
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge located in the eastern shore of Lake Champlain in the U.S. state of Vermont. The refuge is in Franklin County in the northwest corner of the state near the International Boundary with Canada. It is the only National Wildlife Refuge located entirely in Vermont (Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is partly in Vermont and three other states), and is administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

The refuge was established on February 4, 1943, under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act. The initial acquisition was 1,582 acres (6.4 km2) of land in the Missisquoi River delta, including Shad Island and Big Marsh Slough. Additional land was acquired over the next 60 years. The refuge's current size is 6,642 acres (27 km2). It is located in the towns of Swanton and Highgate.
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  • We happened upon this by accident and are happy we did. Between September and December you can drive to the boat launch. Beautiful walk along the river. Plenty of parking and portapotties down the...  more »
  • Easy, flat walk along side a field on one side and wooded, brushy area on the others. Saw a few birds but mostly enjoyed the quiet and beauty. Well marked trails.  more »

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