The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Winona and La Crosse are closed due to the federal government shutdown.

Funding for the Refuge expired on October 1, 2013. Public access to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service properties is prohibited.

All public activities are cancelled, but fish and wildlife managers will continue “limited functions," such as those necessary to respond to emergencies, perform essential functions and to protect human life or personal property.