Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge



29 Tabor Road, Swanton, VT 05488 Visit Website | 802-868-4781 | missisquoi@fws.gov


Cost: Programs and tours are free but reservations are required. Parking: No

This 6,592-acre refuge includes most of the Missisquoi River delta where it flows into Missisquoi Bay. The refuge is made up of quiet waters and wetlands which attract large flocks of migratory birds. The upland areas of the refuge consist of both open fields and a hardwood forest.  You can walk the 1.5 mile Maquam Creek Trail and Black Creek Trail through open fields and floodplain forests. At a leisurely pace it should take approximately 2 hours. Don't forget to take binoculars!

Recreational and educational uses of the Wildlife Refuge include field trips for schools, fishing, wildlife observation and photography and hunting.

* Dogs must be kept on a 10 ft leash.

Visitor Center Hours

  • Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm


  • From I89, take Exit 21
  • West on Route 78.
  • Follow Route 78 west for about 1.5 miles to the intersection of Route 78 and US Route 7 at the Swanton town square.
  • Turn right and follow Route 78 west for another 6 miles and look for the West Swanton Apple Orchard on your right.
  • Just past the orchard, turn left on Tabor Rd.
  • Refuge headquarters is on the left.
  • A refuge entrance sign is located at the corner of Route 78 and Tabor Rd. and is visible from Route 78. 


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