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During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

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  • About the Complex

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

    About the Complex

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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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    Come Visit!

    Refuge named one of the Top Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains

    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.

More about Marais des Cygnes

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal - Submit Your Comments

Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge proposes opening for crow, badger, bobcat, fox, opossum, raccoon, striped skunk, coyote, and furbearer hunting on acres already open to hunting other species and expanding access for hunting of all other species by removing permit requirements. We are seeking public comments on the proposal during April 2020. For more information about this proposal and how to get involved click here.

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal

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

Prescribed Fire at Marais des Cygnes


The Refuge may be conducting some late winter and early spring prescribed burns. Some closures may occur.

Fire Management

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
Hunting Information

Hunting on the Refuge

Fall Wild Turkey

Sport hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the KDWPT state hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.

Hunting Information

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