Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
4200 New Haven Rd.
Columbia, Mo 65201
573-441-2799 fax 573-876-1839
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2010
Contact: Tim Haller, 573-441-2799
Additional Public Access to Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in St. Charles County
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) has opened a new vehicle parking area at the Cora Island Unit in St. Charles County. Previously only accessible by boat from the Missouri River, the area now contains a parking area and information kiosk off Cora Island Rd.
The unit is open to archery deer hunting and BB or smaller-shot, non-toxic shotgun hunting. The Refuge also provides opportunities to enjoy wildlife including photography, wildlife watching, and nature exploration. Camping, fires, and vehicles past the parking gate are not allowed. Carts for hauling in gear and hauling out game are allowed.
The Cora Island Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is located in eastern St. Charles County just north of St. Louis, Missouri. Directions to the unit: From St. Louis, take Highway 367 North. After crossing the Missouri River turn right onto Red School Rd. Follow Red School Rd. for three miles until reaching Cora Island Rd. located adjacent to Ebenezer Cemetery. Follow Cora Island Rd. over the levee and end at the Refuge parking area.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge encompass over 16,000 acres of public land in ten separate units in the Missouri River Floodplain between Kansas City and St. Louis.
For further information and more detailed regulations on the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge visit us on the web: www.fws.gov/midwest/bigmuddy.
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