Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee


Phone: (608) 783-8432
Email: umrcc@mississippi-river.com

Man installing fishing line recycle container

Shotshell container
OREIT Tech Section
(Outreach, Recreation, Environmental Education
& Interpretation Technical Section)

Chair - Brenda Kelley & Ruth Nissen

608-785-9994 Fax 608-785-9990


Fill in the application below to apply for a Field Trip Grant - There are still grants available for MO and WI.
Field Trip Grant Brochure
Field Trip Grant Application


Fishing line & shotgun shell recycling containers created by:
Friends of the Refuge Headwaters &
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge - Winona District.
Refuge Assembly Instructions - For information: Cindy Samples - USFWS 507-494-6216


OREIT Resources

* Upper Mississippi River State Parks
* UMR User Stewardship Guide By Scot Johnson (3.2MB) (New)
* UMR Beach Maps (4.42MB) (New)
* American Canoe Association
* Canoe/Water Safety
* Recreation/Water Use Tech Sect.(1963-2008)
* Recreational Surveys Review
* River Friendly Boating Guidelines
* UMR Links
* UMR Recreational Boating Studies
Results of aerial surveys (since 1989), reports, data query, & mapping capabilities

Meeting Minutes

2015 Annual Minutes

2014 Annual Minutes
2013 Annual Minutes
2012 Annual Minutes
2011 Annual Minutes
2011 Work Plan


Informing the Public:

Survey of FWS Employees Regarding Constraints to Connecting Children with Nature (New)

2011 Calendar of Events

Educational Resources

Arkive’s Wildlife Images
A-Z of Areas of Biodiversity Importance
Cultural Relevant Resources for Env.Sci. Inst.
Dichotomous Key Resources
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Expedition Blue Planet 2010

Exploration of Mississippi River -Activity Guide
Fire Ecology and Management
Geography Awareness Week 2010: Freshwater
Global Visualization Viewer
Great Lakes Literacy Principles
How Much Is an Ecosystem Worth?
Intl. Electronic Journal of Env. Education
Marine Debris Calendars
Mississippi River Learning&Teaching (WI DNR)
Natl. Env. Education Week April 10-16, 2011

Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox
One Species at a Time
Recreation Boating & Fishing Foundation
Respected Access
Wetland Courses for Educators
Wetland Ecosystem Services
Wisconsin’s Great Lakes Shipwrecks
Weed Invasion(curriculum)

UMR Watershed Canoe/Kayak Trail Information
The Upper Mississippi and its tributaries offer plenty of opportunities for many hours of paddling fun.
Backwaters and tributary water trails provide a convenient way to reconnect with wonders of nature. While the Ol' Miss main channel and larger side channels are often dominated on weekends and holidays by powerboats throwing big waves, weekdays and evenings can be relatively quiet and offer an opportunity for a quick get-away in your kayak or canoe.

From short day trips to overnight adventures, the following links will help guide you to an appropriate water trail near you. No matter what your skill level, be sure to check out the canoe safety web pages so you can return home safe and sound to plan your next paddling experience.

St. Louis District COE
Pikes Passage & Pinnacle Pass Water Trails

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Upper Mississippi National Wildlife & Fish Refuge Canoe Trails

MN Water Trails - 31 listed
Root River
St. Croix River
Cannon River

IL Water Trails

WI Water Trails
Merrick State Park
Perrot State Park
Long Lake
Goose Island
Wyalusing State Park

IA Water Trails
Quad City Water Trails
Louisa County, Trails

Maquoketa River
Skunk River
Lake Odessa Water Trail

Other IA Rivers

MO Water Trails

Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee
UMRCC Coordinator Scott Yess
555 Lester Avenue
Onalaska, WI 54650
Last Update: June 29, 2016