Location: Dubuque, Iowa Upper Mississippi
National Wildlife & Fish Refuge Major Features: This is a 500-acre backwater complex, consisting of two miles of island, a berm to reduce sediment, and a small channel. The island protects the area from waves and current, thereby improving light penetration in the water and allowing plants to grow for the benefit of fish and wildlife. Dredging provided wintertime fish habitat. Spotlighted species: River otters, tundra swans, white pelicans, dabbing ducks, shorebirds, largemouth bass, bluegill, & crappie Interesting Facts: This is one if the largest mechanically-created islands on the Mississippi River. In 2006, tundra swans were seen in this area for the first time in years.

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