Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Come Visit the Refuge

MS state map. Credit: USFWS

The refuge is located in Jackson County in extreme southeast Mississippi, about three miles north of Gautier, Mississippi.

It is less than a one-hour drive west from Mobile, Alabama, and about a two-hour drive east from New Orleans.

The headquarters and visitor center is located one half mile north of Interstate I-10, at Exit 61, off the Gautier-Vancleave Road.

The headquarters and visitor's center are open from 9am to 3pm, Tuesday through Saturday.


The Dee's nature trail at the Visitor's Center is open 6am - 5pm, Monday through Saturday, closed on Federal Holidays.

The Fontainebleau trail in Ocean Springs is open during daylight hours.

The wet pine savanna and the cranes are sensitive to disturbance; therefore, most of the refuge is closed to the public.


Additional Information

View the refuge map.

We often offer special tours and opportunities to view cranes and other birds. These tours are scheduled with special emphasis on minimal disturbance.

The refuge does not have camping facilities. Camping is offered at the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Ocean Springs, Shepard State Park in Gautier, and local private campgrounds.


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Last updated: July 27, 2010