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Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge- Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge has a total acreage of 9,692 acres. Most of refuge is covered in bottomland hardwood forest.
Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge- Surveys have identified the Grand Bay savanna as the last and largest remnant of this formerly prominent wetland pine savanna ecosystem. The Grand Bay area is recognized as a significant Wildlife Resource Area as well as one of the Nature Conservancy's "Last Great Places".
Hillside National Wildlife Refuge- This refuge supports numerous species of resident wildlife, neotropical migrants, wading birds and waterfowl. A .6 mile disabled-accessible nature trail winds through bottomland hardwoods and crosses a cypress/tupelo slough.
Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge- Mathews Brake NWR encompasses much of the lake area called Mathews Brake. The lake is shallow but supports an excellent fishery for crappie, bream, bass and catfish.

Habitat consists of cypress/tupelo stands with bottomland hardwood fingers extending into the lake. Over 30,000 ducks including mallards, widgeon, gadwall, blue-winged teal, and pintail winter on the refuge.

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge- This refuge is located in southeast Mississippi. The refuge was established for the protection and recovery of the endangered Mississippi sandhill crane and the restoration of its unique habitat, wet pine savanna.
Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuge- Morgan Brake is located three miles north of Tchula, MS. It covers almost 7,400 acres of bottomland hardwoods, reforested areas, moist-soil units, wetlands and agricultural areas.
Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge- The Noxubee NWR is located in east-central Mississippi, near Brooksville. The refuge offers opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, hunting, and fishing.
Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge- Panther Swamp NWR contains one of the few remaining large tracts of mature bottomland hardwoods in the delta of Mississippi. Much of the habitat is subject to flooding on an annual basis.
St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge- St. Catherine Creek NWR lies within the flood plain of the Mississippi River, and is about 10 miles south of the city of Natchez. The public is welcome to visit the refuge year round.
Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge- Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley. The refuge is not open to public use. Wildlife viewing can be done from Panola-Quitman Floodway Levee and county roads.
Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge- The refuge contains diverse habitat managed for migratory birds and endangered species. Habitats vary from bottomland hardwoods to cypress swamps and agricultural fields.

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Description - Twelve National Wildlife Refuges are scattered throughout Mississippi. The refuges normally offer few developed recreation facilities but often offer excellent opportunities for observing wildlife and enjoying nature.

Attractions - The National Wildlife Refuges in Mississippi cover many types of habitat, including swamps, marshland, bottomland hardwood forests, agricultural lands, lakes, cypress swamps and much more. Many of the habitat types that lie within the refuges are now rare outside these protected areas. Panther Swamp NWR contains one of the few remaining large tracts of mature bottomland hardwoods in the delta of Mississippi. Several of the refuges offer visitor centers and some refuges offer trails and boat ramps but otherwise there are normally few developed recreation facilities. Wildlife and nature are the main attractions at all of the refuges.

Recreation - Many of the Wildlife Refuges in Mississippi are open to the public for fishing, birdwatching, wildlife observation, hiking, walking nature and interpretive trails, and wildlife photography. Hunting is allowed in many of the refuges for big game or waterfowl. Opportunities for wildlife observation are excellent with good access to a diversity of habitats.

Climate - Mississippi lies mainly in the subtropics. The climate is mild with the coldest months experiencing low temperatures near 40 degrees F. Summer temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees F, with coastal breezes providing cooling relief. Humidity is highest in August and September reaching an average close to 90%. The highest rainfall comes during the spring months, but December and January are wet, too. Expect temperatures in the northeastern region to be somewhat cooler than the rest of the state.

Location - The National Wildlife Refuges in Mississippi are scattered across the state. Driving Instructions are available on the wildernet page describing each refuge.

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Mississippi - Mississippi lies in the heart of the American deep south. It has an overwhelmingly rural population with the majority of people living in the southern half of the state.

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