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No Fireworks on the Rufuge

The 4th of July is just around the corner. If you are heading to the Mississippi  River for a boating or camping trip, there are few things to know before you go!  

Boaters are asked to avoid flooded boat ramps and to be aware that there may  be possible closures at boat landings. There could be unsafe conditions on the  ramp or other debris that is hidden below the high water. Please use caution.  

In addition, fireworks are not allowed on the Upper Mississippi River National  Wildlife and Fish Refuge due to their disturbance to wildlife and the litter they  leave behind. As we enjoy the bright colors and thunderous explosions, it's easy  to overlook the impact to wildlife around us. The abrupt lights and sounds are  often seen as a threat by nesting bald eagles and easily startle great blue  herons and other colonial nesting birds. Additionally, fireworks debris can be a  choking hazard and/or toxic if eaten by birds, fish or mammals. 

The Refuge includes most islands and beaches on the Mississippi River from  Wabasha, Minnesota to Rock Island, Illinois. If you are not sure if you will be  within the refuge, please check the maps located at:  

Federal law enforcement officers will be patrolling the Refuge looking for  fireworks as well as glass bottles, which are also banned on Refuge beaches.  Officers also want to remind people of the importance of wearing their personal  floatation devices (PFDs) while on the water. Thank you for helping us keep the  Refuge a great place for people and wildlife. 

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