Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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Frequently Asked Questions

Green Anole.  Credit: Michael A. Kelly, USFWS

Green Anole. Credit: Michael A. Kelly, USFWS

How big is Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge?

Comprising over 38,697 acres in Yazoo and Humphreys Counties, Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest refuges in the state of Mississippi. Its expansive bottomland hardwood forests, cypress-tupelo sloughs, and meandering bayous represent some of the best remaining examples of the historically predominant habitat types that once characterized the entire Mississippi floodplain. With its close proximity to the state capitol, Jackson, the refuge provides a variety of recreational opportunities and a positive economic impact to local communities.

Where is the Refuge Office?

The new office location is 12595 Mississippi Highway 149, Yazoo City, MS.  From Yazoo City travel west on Highway 149, cross the Yazoo River and 
continue approximately 9 miles, the office will be on the left. If you reach the intersection of Highway 149 and Highway 16, you have gone to far, turn around and go back a quarter mile. 

Where can I obtain a refuge permit and current regulations?

All refuge permit sales are conducted from the headquarters of the Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex. Permits may be purchased in person, or through regular mail. Panther Swamp Hunting and Fishing Regulations are generally available in August each year and may be obtained at any refuge office on the Complex.

Butterfly. Credit: USFWS

Butterfly. Credit: USFWS

Besides hunting and fishing, what other activities are available at the refuge?

Including the levees along the Whittington Channel, approximately 30 miles of gravel roads are open on the refuge for most of the year. Additionally, some portions of the refuge can be accessed from Highway 149W, and the Satartia Road. These routes offer opportunities for wildlife observation, photography, or simply a quiet drive in a beautiful natural setting. Other areas are accessible by foot or small boat.


Last updated: August 1, 2012