Major objectives of the Refuge are to provide habitat for wintering waterfowl and nongame migratory birds, wintering and production habitat for wood ducks, and habitat for the natural diversity of wildlife native to the area. Management objectives also emphasize opportunities for environmental education, interpretation, and wildlife recreation such as hunting, fishing, bird watching, and photography.
Visitors can explore the bottomlands on an elevated boardwalk that offers close encounters with age-old hardwood trees, and a variety of wildlife. Additional walking trails are available, along with opportunities for hunting, fishing, and environmental education.
Almost 9,000 acres have been acquired. Additional land will be purchased from willing sellers as funds are available. Public use maps are provided to guide visitors to the areas open for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and photography. The Refuge will eventually encompass over 18,000 acres. Currently, a checkerboard ownership of public and privately-held tracts exists within the proposed Refuge boundary. Hunters, fishermen and other visitors to the Refuge are not authorized to trespass on private land; private property rights should be respected at all times.
In the field, the Refuge boundary is indicated by white fiberglass posts marked with boundary stickers and/or 11 X 14-inch metal boundary signs. By law, national wildlife refuges are closed to all public use activities unless expressly permitted. Hunting, fishing and certain other public uses are permitted on most areas of the Refuge. Our regulations supplement the general regulations that govern public use on national wildlife refuges as set forth in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations.
When permitted, hunting, fishing, and other public uses will be in accordance with applicable State laws unless otherwise listed.