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PromoIntro-DucksOnWater-512x219Covering over 40,000 acres in Yazoo and Humphreys Counties, Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest refuge 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.

 

Contact Info 

T R Complex / Panther Swamp NWR Office
12595 Mississippi Highway 149
Yazoo City, MS 39194
662.836.3004 Telephone
662.836.3009 Fax
yazoo@fws.gov

 


 

Driving Directions 

From Jackson, MS

I-20 and I-55 exchange, travel northwest on I-20W toward Exit 43A. Slight right onto US-49N (signs for I-220 / N Jackson / Yazoo City) continue onto I-220 N. Take Exit 5B to merge onto US-49N / Delta Dr / Medger Evers Blvd toward Flora / Yazoo City. Continue to follow US-49N. From Flora Travel 22 miles on US-49N, turn left onto On MS-149 N / MS-16 W / Broadway St, continue to follow MS-149 N / MS-16W for 12 miles. Office is on the left. 


From Belzoni, MS

Hwy 12 and US-49W S exchange, travel south on US-49W S 5 miles, turn right onto MS-149 S, travel 15 miles (From MS-14 E and MS-149 intersection, travel 5 miles). Office is on the right.

 


 

Points of Interest

Covering over 40,000 acres in Yazoo and Humphreys Counties, Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest refuge 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. These include hunting, fishing, birding, wildlife observation, photography, and boating; public boat ramps are located on Lake George and Deep Bayou. 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 Satartia Road. Other areas are accessible by foot or small boat.

Much of the habitat is subject to flooding on an annual basis. The refuge has a number of bayous that slowly drain flood waters, leaving shallow swamps and oxbow lakes which support stands of tupelo gum, cypress, buttonbush, and other species tolerant to extremely wet habitats. The upland areas or ridges often crest at no more than one foot above swamp areas, and contain nuttall, willow and water oaks and other species while overcup oak, bitter pecan and ash dominate the transition zone from swamp to upland. Additional habitat types consist of reforested and agricultural areas. Crops left in the field are used to support large concentrations of wintering waterfowl. The refuge supports healthy populations of resident wildlife and neotropical migrants. Hunting seasons are established for waterfowl and all native game species, which include white-tailed deer, fox and grey squirrels, swamp and cottontail rabbits, raccoon, opossum, and wild turkey. The endangered Louisiana Black Bear is occasionally observed on the refuge. Most days you can find several alligators sunning along the water’s edge.

In the office lobby are native animal exhibits such as the American Alligator, a black bear, wild turkey, fish, waterfowl, birds and even a raccoon stealing eggs from a wood duck nest. There is also an interactive kiosk which provides neat facts along with photos about the refuge.

 


 

Know Before You Go

Opportunities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation are abundant at Panther Swamp. The climate is mild with the coldest months experiencing low temperatures near 30 degrees F. Summer temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees F. Humidity is highest in August and September reaching an average close to 90%. The highest rainfall comes during the spring months, but December and January are wet too. January is generally the coldest month, while July is the hottest. Winters are mild, with temperatures seldom remaining below freezing for more than 24 hours. The average yearly rainfall is 52.48 inches, with March being the wettest month (averaging 5.62 inches) and August being the driest (2.37 inches).  Insect repellent is highly recommended as mosquitoes and red bugs are plentiful.

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2014
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