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Canoe Tour

 

Change is constant at St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge.  Seasons, life cycles and migrating animals make each visit to the refuge a new experience.  There are a multitude of opportunities to interact with wildlife at the refuge.  What will your next visit unveil?  

 

  • Hunting

    Hunting

    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs. At St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge hunting does not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances is necessary for sound wildlife management. Please see the rules and regulations in our hunt brochure. An Annual Public Use permit is required for all hunters.

    Annual Public Use Permits are available online, in person or by mail. To purchase a permit online, visit the Lower Mississippi Permits website. 

    There are a limited number of permits available at the refuge headquarters and at various sales outlets. Call the refuge office at (601) 442-6696 for more information. A money order is required when purchasing a permit in person at the refuge headquarters. 

    If mailing your request, make sure to including a $20 money order along with it to: 
    St. Catherine Creek Annual Public Use Permit, c/o Kinsail Corporation 
    PO Box 1092 
    McLean, VA 22101 

     

    St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge has one lottery hunt for youth turkey hunting.  To apply for the youth lottery hunt, apply online at Lower Mississippi Permits website.

     

  • Fishing

    Fishing

    St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge offers fishing on five lakes, which are open February through mid-November of each year. Some areas may be closed seasonally to provide sanctuaries for waterfowl and other wildlife or due to seasonal flooding. Fishing must be in accordance with State and refuge regulations. 

    An Annual Public Permit is required for all fishers, and is available online, in person or by mail. To purchase a permit online, visit the Lower Mississippi Permits website.  

    There are a limited number of permits available at the refuge headquarters and at various sales outlets. Call the refuge office at (601) 442-6696 for more information. A money order is required when purchasing a permit in person at the refuge headquarters. 

    If mailing your request, make sure to including a $20 money order along with it to: 
    St. Catherine Creek Annual Public Use Permit, c/o Kinsail Corporation 
    PO Box 1092 
    McLean, VA 22101 

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Viewing

    St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to view and photograph a variety of wildlife, including waterfowl, eagles, deer, amphibians and birds.

    During the winter, the refuge is home to thousands of waterfowl. The fall and spring migrations bring numerous songbirds and wading birds to the refuge. Summer months are a great time to observe large numbers of wading and shorebirds.

  • Interpretation

    Interpretation

    Interpretation programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the dynamic world of St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge. There are a variety of exhibits, signs, brochures and electronic media available to you to learn more about the refuge's natural and cultural history.

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental Education

    Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor classrooms — excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. The refuge staff, volunteers, and Friends of St. Catherine Creek Refuge offer educational programs to students of all ages on a limited basis. Call the refuge headquarters for a schedule of environmental educational activities at (601) 442-6696.

    Lesson plans and additional materials about Environmental Education, as well as tips for teachers are available on Lets Go Outside, the official US Fish and Wildlife Service site for environmental education.  

  • Photography

    Photograhy

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography.  That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate.  You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started.  A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors. 

    There are four photo blinds open to the public along the south trailhead of Magnolia Trail. There is one wheelchair-dependent hunting blind and one mobility-impaired hunting blind that can also be reserved during non-hunting seasons by contacting the Visitor Center at (601) 442-6696. 

    Photography Hotspots include:
    Swamp Lake/Sibley Impoundments — wading birds, waterfowl, alligators, eagles, etc.

    Magnolia Trail — songbirds, deer, turkey, small mammals.

    Cabin Road Hiking Trail — songbirds, deer, turkey, small mammals, fresh-water springs.

  • Hiking

    Hiking

    One of the best ways to experience the refuge is to leave your car behind and start walking. St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge has walking opportunities for all ages and abilities, including Magnolia Hiking Trail which is designated as a National Recreational Trail. Find a trail that is just right for you. 

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  • Canoeing/Kayaking

    Canoeing

    Visitors can enjoy a unique journey during their visit to the refuge in a canoe or kayak. Relax and enjoy as you see the refuge from a different point of view. Visitors should bring life jackets when canoeing or kayaking on the refuge. There are no canoes or kayaks available for rent on the refuge.

    Hotspots:
    Gilliard Lake — Serenity at its best! Wind your way through an old-growth cypress-tupelo swamps as you look for waterfowl, songbirds, eagles, alligators and more!

    Swamp Lake — Enjoy a short canoe or kayak trek in Swamp Lake during low-water conditions. During high-water conditions, canoers and kayakers are allowed to begin their paddle at Swamp Lake to view a larger portion of the refuge. Visitors can expect to see alligators, wading birds, waterfowl, eagles, and more. 

Page Photo Credits — Canoe Tour by Charman Cupit/USFWS, Hunter with deer by Charman Cupit, Fishing by Charman Cupit/USFWS, Wildlife viewing by Charman Cupit/USFWS, Interpretation by Charman Cupit, Envrionmental education by Charman Cupit/USFWS, Photographer by Charman Cupit/USFWS, Hiking by Charman Cupit/USFWS, Canoeing by Charman Cupit/USFWS
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2014
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