Attractions: National Parks and Wildlife Refuges
Driftless Area National Wildlife Refugewww.fws.gov/midwest/driftless
Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge Established in 1989, this refuge is helping to recover two federally listed species: the endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail and threatened Northern monkshood. Although the Refuge was established to protect the snail and flower an entire rare community of plants and animals is preserved on these sites.
Effigy Mounds National Monument , Harpers Ferry, Iowawww.nps.gov/efmo/index.htm
Following is a list of state parks in the Driftless Area that exhibit the typical geology and topography present in the area. The websites (where available) list complete information about each park and what they offer to visitors.
Necedah National Wildlife Refugewww.fws.gov/midwest/Necedah
The 43,656-acre refuge was established in 1939 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, Illinoiswww.fws.gov/midwest/trempealeau
This is a 6200 acre site that has a mix of prairies , wetlands and forests that attract a wide variety of wildlife species.
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refugewww.fws.gov/midwest/UpperMississippiRiver/
The 261-mile refuge is the longest river refuge in the continental U.S. The refuge begins at the confluence of the Chippewa River near Wabasha, Minnesota, and ends near Rock Island, Illinois. The refuge lies within four states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.