The La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is asking the public's help in naming seven newly-constructed islands located in Lower Navigation Pool 8.

These are the final seven islands constructed as part of the Pool 8 Islands Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Program.

The islands are located within a 3,000-acre backwater area between Brownsville, Minn., and Stoddard, Wis.

The project, completed over six phases, created a total of 25 earthen islands, 13 seed islands, four mudflats and three breakwaters. These areas are designed to restore habitat for migratory birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and mammals.

Contest rules for naming the seven new islands includes:

• The contest is open to the public.

• Entries are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

• Suggested island names should reflect the Brownsville and Stoddard area in terms of habitat, geology, geography, history of the river, wildlife and fauna.

• Proper names will not be considered.

• Each person is limited to one name submission per island; seven entries total.

• Each submission needs to include a short narrative justifying why their island name should be selected.

• No prizes will be awarded. Certificates of appreciation will be given to each winner.

Entries may be submitted by mailing: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, "Island Naming Contest", 555 Lester Ave., Onalaska, WI 54650; emailing; or faxing (608) 783-8452.

For more information, visit or contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 783-8405.