Get a rare chance to discover one of Mingo’s Satellite Refuges by taking a hike at Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge. This 90 acre refuge located at the top of Pilot Knob Mountain is typically closed to the public to protect the endangered Indiana bat. Refuge staff will be leading guided hikes throughout the day in recognition of National Public Lands Day. The hikes also coincides with the Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob reenactment that takes place at the nearby Fort Davidson State Historic Site. Pilot Knob Refuge is located in Arcadia Valley.
Starting October 1 and going through end of February the following refuge waters are closed: Monopoly Marsh, Rockhouse Marsh, moist soil units, and waterways located between Ditch 2 and 6. All other waters are open. This partial refuge waters closure is to minimize disturbance to migrating and wintering waterfowl.
As part of National Wildlife Refuge Week, enjoy a guided paddle ride down the Mingo River. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center located just off Hwy 51 about one mile north of Puxico. Participants will canoe the Mingo River from 8:30 a.m. to noon. A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be available for use for the paddle ride. Participants are welcome to bring their own canoe, kayak, paddles and life jacket if they desire to open room up for more participants. Pre-registration is required by calling 573-222-3589.
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