Bear Lake Unit of Tallahatchie NWR
Address: Mississippi Wetland Management District, P.O. Box 1070, Grenada, MS 38901
Directions to the Refuge: From Grenada, head west on HWY 8. Go through Holcomb staying on HWY 8 past HWY 35 north continuing towards Philipp. Refuge properties lie north and south along HWY 8, starting just east of the Grenada/Tallahatchie county line and continue to 2 miles west of the county line, or 1.5 miles east of Philipp.
Brochures: See Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge
Endangered and Threatened Species on the Refuge: Bald eagle are seen on the refuge during the winter months.
Other Wildlife Species: The refuge has a very healthy deer herd and holds large concentrations of ducks during the winter months. Wood duck, eastern screech owl, barred owl, great horned owl and red-tailed hawk are common year round residents. Blue grosbeaks, dickcissels and painted buntings can seen on the refuge during the summer.
Habitat Description: Total acreage of the Bear Lake Unit is 3,500 acres, most of which is old fields and cultivated farmlands bisected with meandering bayous and small scattered tracts of hardwood bottomland forest.
Focus Activities: Old fields and croplands will eventually be planted with hardwood bottomland forest species.
Opportunities for Public Use: South of HWY 8 Tippo Bayou is open to recreational fishing. A refuge hunt plan was recently approved and hunting seasons are being developed. However, due to lack of access, the refuge is currently not open to public use. Wildlife viewing can be done from county roads.