Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

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  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Hardwood Forest Restoration Project

    Click here to learn about the multi-year forest restoration project, partnered with the Conservation Fund.

    Marais des Cygnes Monitoring summary

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    Save the Monarch!

    Monarchs undertake one of the world’s most remarkable migrations. They are in trouble and need our help!

    Click here to learn more!

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    Mussels of the Refuge

    Refuge staff monitor the population and species compositions of the freshwater mussels of the Marais des Cygnes River.

  • About the Complex

    Marais des Cygnes NWR is now a part of the Kansas National Wildlife Refuges complex, which also includes Flint Hills and Quivira.

    About the Complex

More about Marais des Cygnes NWR

Hunting and Fishing Update

August 31, 2020

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on 97 national wildlife refuges across the country in 2020. Hunting and fishing are conducted in accordance with State regulations. Refuge specific regulations for hunting must be followed and are listed in the Marais des Cygnes Hunt Brochure. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure for information and regulations associated with these activities.

Hunting and Fishing Brochure

Hardwood Forest Restoration Project

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Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge has partnered with The Conservation Fund (TCF) for more than ten years to initiate hardwood forest restoration on more than 1,400 acres on the refuge. The most recent monitoring summary report from TCF is available. Click here to read the report.

MDC Monitoring summary

Refuge Named one the Top 50 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains

October 29, 2012

The University of Nebraska's Center for Great Plains Studies has published a map featuring the top 50 ecotourism sites in eight states.

Refuge Named one the Top 50 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains
Compatibility Determinations

Marais des Cygnes NWR Documents for Public Review

Marais des Cygnes NWR is in the process of updating the compatibility determinations for the Refuge. As new compatibility determinations are ready for review, we will be placing a notice in this space so interested parties will be able to request a copy for review. Please check back periodically to see if we have posted new compatibility determinations for review. TO REQUEST A COPY OF ANY CD OR PROVIDE COMMENT: Public comments on any Marais des Cygnes NWR CD may be submitted by writing to: Refuge Manager, Marais des Cygnes NWR 24141 KS Hwy 52 Pleasanton KS 66075 or by email to Please put “CD – Public Comments” on the envelope or in the email subject line. Comments must be received electronically or be postmarked by 8 Mar 2021 for consideration.

About the Complex

Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS