The Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge begins right outside our back door at the National Eagle Center. Kids fish for FREE when they go Fishing on the Refuge! We’ve got everything they need – fishing poles, lifejackets, bait, and a dock outside our backdoor. Sign out the equipment and take your kids or grandkids fishing right here! Kids 15 and under can fish without a license.* They’ll learn about the native species that live in the Mississippi River and then experience the excitement of catching some! Plan your visit to include an afternoon of Fishing on the Refuge!

Thursdays & Sundays 10am-3pm
June 3rd through August 12th!


*Children 15 and under who are residents of Minnesota do not need a license. All participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Non-residents need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a valid MN fishing license.

Credit card required to check out equipment. Lost or damaged equipment may be subject to charges. Participants agree to adhere to all Minnesota fishing and water safety rules.

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