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Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
The Northern Tallgrass Prairie. To many, it is simply known as "the prairie." A landscape where the eye can see the horizon, and thunderstorms can be watched from infancy to fury. It is America's breadbasket, its corn belt, and its duck factory; a place of hard work, strong families, and civic pr...
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Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge
Description: The Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge comprises over 8373 acres, divided into four separate divisions: Big Timber, Louisa, Keithsburg, and Horseshoe Bend. Three divisions - Big Timber, Louisa, and Keithsburg - are located in the floodplain of the Mississippi River, while Horseshoe Bend is in the Iowa River floodplain.

Wildlife to Watch: When the refuge is open, wildlife observation and photography are encouraged on the refuge. Common wildlife seen on the refuge include waterfowl, eagles, neotropical birds, shorebirds, wading birds, deer, turkeys, coyotes, beaver, and even the occasional river otter.

Special Tips: The refuge is open during daylight hours except for the following:
Louisa Division - No public entry 9/14 - 2/1
Horseshoe Bend - No public entry 9/14 - 12/1
Keithsburg Division - No public entry 9/15 - 1/1

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 8373 acres 
Closest Town: Wapello

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Northern Watersnake - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge headquarters is located just east of Wapello, Iowa on county road X61 in Louisa County.

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Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area