Welcome to Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge was recently renamed (February 2012) in honor of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s former Director. Noxubee NWR was the first Refuge he worked on as a Youth Conservation Corps employee in 1971. Sam had a personal connection to Noxubee NWR as he grew up coming to the Refuge to hunt and fish. He served as Regional Director for twelve years before being nominated for Director of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington D.C. by President Obama.
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in three counties (Noxubee, Oktibbeha, and Winston) and was created from lands obtained through the 1930s Resettlement Administration.
Our office and visitor center is located at the edge of Bluff Lake northwest of Brooksville, northeast of Louisville, and south of Starkville, Mississippi. The Refuge managers and staff are responsible for managing the 48,000-acres of wildlife habitat, located in east-central Mississippi. The Refuge serves as a resting and feeding area for migratory birds and resident wildlife. The Refuge is extensively managed for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
Here on our pages you will find a variety of information that will help you learn more about this Refuge, its wildlife resources, habitat resources, and wildlife recreational opportunities.
We invite you to read our brochures about the Refuge. You can hike any of our trails and learn about visitor activities, including hunting and fishing. You may also browse our bird list and seasonal opportunities to view wildlife . While you are here, we invite you to learn how duck stamps are used to acquire important habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. A map is available to help you visualize the Refuge lay-out.
We look forward to having you visit our Refuge Visitor Center and hope that you can find time to visit with us whenever your travels bring you this way. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at (662)-323-5548.
Visitor Center Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.,
Saturdays 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Any Waterfowl hunters who purchased a permit, whether drawn for a specific date or not, will be able to use their confirmation letter as payment for coming as a standby hunter throughout the season. This fee does not guarantee being drawn as a standby, but does pay the fee if drawn when coming for standby openings. If any hunter wants to participate as a standby hunter they must pay for a permit online (only once) in advance or on the day of the hunt.