Refuge Closures and COVID-19 Information


The Boardwalk Trail is currently closed because of extensive storm damage. Ozark Highlands Auto Tour, Bluff Road, Red Mill Drive, and Flatbanks Road are open, but please be advised that weather events can caused unexpected downed trees and temporary flood conditions on the refuge. 

 

The Visitor Center and Headquarters has temporarily changed operations in response to COVID-19. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Refuge entrance fees are waived at this time. Roads, trails, and waters not impacted by flooding or downed trees are open during daylight hours. Pit toilets are unavailable, and we ask that visitors pack out their trash. Updates will be posted here.   

Please call the office at 573-222-3589 between 8:30-4:00 Monday-Friday with questions. 

 

Being Safe on our Refuges and Hatcheries  

We are proud to provide opportunities for safe, enjoyable outdoor experiences at many of our national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries during the coronavirus pandemic. If visiting one of our locations, it is critically important to follow guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities on social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene. If a parking lot is full when you visit, please do not stop. We understand that the outdoors can help relieve stress, but these guidelines must be followed for our public health and safety. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities are closed and most scheduled events have been postponed. For more information visit our webpage, FWS Coronavirus Response.

 

Updated 7/25/2020