Island Restoration

Island restoration/construction continues on the McGregor Lake Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project located in Pool 10 between Marquette, Iowa and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Mechanical dredging in the East Channel and hydraulic dredging operations at the entrance to McGregor Lake is ongoing. Boaters are urged to use caution and enter McGregor Lake at the designated crossing to pass over the hydraulic dredge pipe. The dredge pipe is marked with buoys stating “Danger Pipeline – DO NOT CROSS”. Boaters are urged to stay away from construction equipment and activities on the island, dredging operations and the hydraulic dredge pipe which crosses the entrance into McGregor Lake. Construction equipment is also placing sand along the western bank of McGregor Lake. Although in its current state this area looks like a created beach, this feature once completed will be converted into flood plain forest and is not intended to be a site for recreation. Island construction and floodplain forest creation will be completed within the coming years. For safety, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) urges beach users to be cautious around this newly placed sand. Soft spots along the outside perimeter of the sand pile could cause someone to sink, so step with caution. While most of our Refuge land and water is open for public enjoyment, there are Public Use Regulations that visitors must follow ( The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and restore fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit Connect with our Facebook page at, follow our tweets at, watch our YouTube Channel at http://