An outdoor recreation update for Mercer County. A canoe/kayak launch and viewing deck project continues to progress at the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge near Keithsburg. Visit MerCo’s Kasi Henshaw says the project was unveiled last summer.
Port Louisa was established for the protection of migratory birds. The 1,400-acre Keithsburg Division of Port Louisa is located just north of Keithsburg. The Division averages 0.75 mile in width and has a three-mile-long levee separating it from the Mississippi River. The Division features wetland and bottomland forest habitat including sloughs surrounded by bottomland timber stands.