Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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.Wildlife and habitatRefuge lands support a variety of wildlife species and habitats including floodplain forest, wetlands, shrub, bog, grasslands, and upland areas.To visit Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and get the most from your holiday in Swanton, create itinerary details personal to you using our Swanton itinerary builder.
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A great visitor's center, with video overview and displays. Staff on hand was very welcoming, and accommodating.(He even checked to see if the bugs were too pesty on the trail!) You can borrow binocul... read more »
Warm summer days with a light breeze makes this wildlife refuge a haven for all types of recreational pursuits. The birding today was a bit hard for me because the lushness of the trees and the very w... read more »
After being in the car for hours this was the perfect stop over. The trails are well maintained and easy to navigate. We were the only ones on the trail that day and saw a lot of birds, 2 deer, and a ... read more »
Has a nice visitor center and access to the swampy areas where interesting birds are likely to be found.
Beautiful, but make sure you have plenty of bug spray! We ran into swarms of Mosquitoes, which is not that surprising considering that it's a marsh.
The Visitor Center has informative display, and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. It has an exhibition of paintings of water fowls by local school children. The restroom is very clean. The trails are well maintained with board walks over the swamps.
A trail for every level of enthusiast.
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