Features

  • Photo of a checkered white butterfly (Pontia protodice) resting on a black-eyed Susan flower (Rudbeckia hirta) at the Overton Bottoms North Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge by Anna Weyers/USFWS.

    Banking on Nature Report

    Learn how the Refuge brings money and jobs into your local community!

    2017 Banking on Nature Report

  • Photo of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge's Facebook page.

    Find us on Facebook

    Head over to our Facebook Page and subscribe to stay current on Refuge information - no Facebook account needed!

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  • Photo of the Blue Goose Mascot standing in front of the Big Muddy sign giving two "thumbs" up at the Refuge Headquarters building on the Overton Bottoms North Unit in Boonville, Missouri by Ashley Riedel/USFWS.

    Visit us at Overton Bottoms North!

    Take a hike on a trail or visit the visitor contact station, featuring a new shifting sands interactive display in Boonville, MO.

  • Map of the 17 Big Muddy Refuge unit locations, from Kansas City to St. Louis.

    Explore the Refuge

    With 17 units, the Refuge has plenty to explore! Click on our Visit tab, then Plan Your Visit to begin!

  • Photo of the floodplain overlook platform constructed in 2018 at the Overton Bottoms North Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge by Ashley Riedel/USFWS.

    Enjoy the View!

    Come enjoy the view of the floodplain from the overlook deck on the Overton Bottoms North Unit!

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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