Upper Mississippi River
As the mighty Mississippi River winds its way along 230 miles of the western border of Wisconsin, it passes through the heart of the majestic bluff country. Towering bluffs overlook the river's many side channels, marshes, wooded islands and bottomland forests, which provide a home for a wide variety of fish and wildlife.
This complex and busy river faces many competing demands for its resources in addition to threats from habitat loss, sedimentation and invasive exotic species. The challenge is how to satisfy people's needs without destroying the abundant natural resources that make the Mississippi River so attractive.
On these pages you can:
- Find more information about the Mississippi River including fast facts about the natural resources and the Upper Mississippi River Navigation System with navigation pools, locks and dams and rich history.
- Learn how the Wisconsin DNR - Mississippi River Team works with partners to manage, monitor and protect the natural resources of the Mississippi River including water quality, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, and endangered resources.
- Investigate threats to the river including invasive exotic species, habitat loss, sedimentation and water quality issues.
- Find out what is being done to restore Mississippi River fish and wildlife habitat.
- Explore endless possibilities for recreation when you visit the Mississippi River or explore opportunities to fish or hunt on the Mississippi River.
- Find Mississippi River monitoring results for water quality, fisheries and aquatic plants, on the Wisconsin DNR Mississippi River Monitoring Station website developed in cooperation with the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center. This field station is located in La Crosse.