Visitor Activities

Nature Trail Clarence Cannon NWR

Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to enjoy the outdoors.  A walk on the nature trails offer visitors a chance to explore the natural environment and see the wildlife which abounds throughout the refuge.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Great Blue Heron

    Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge is centrally located along the Mississippi Flyway, a major route for migratory birds, affording visitors an excellent opportunity to see wildlife. More than 200 species of birds visit the refuge throughout the year. October and November are the best months to see large concentrations of waterfowl. Shorebird and warbler migrations usually peak around the first week of May.

  • Photography

    Butterfly in flight

    National Wildlife Refuges provide unique opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. Visit Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge to see wintering bald eagles as they gather near the river to feed in open water areas. Herons and egrets are commonly seen during the summer feeding in refuge wetlands. Deer, squirrel, raccoon, muskrat, turkey, beaver, skunk, and opossum are year-round residents, but are not always easy to spot. River banks are a good place to look for a variety of wildlife - from muskrats and beavers to turtles and frogs.

  • Hunting

    Deer Hunter

    Except for two managed deer hunts, no hunting is allowed Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge.  This includes deer, turkey, upland game, and migratory bird hunting.  

    Nine successful applicants are drawn to participate in a Mobility & Visually Impaired deer hunt held each October.  Applications will be posted on this website when available.  A managed deer hunt, open to all hunters, is held each January.  12 applicants are drawn for this hunt.  Applications are taken through the Missouri Department of Conservation.

    See the Public Use Regulations brochure for more information.  

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  • Fishing

    kid fishing

    Fishing is allowed by boat in Bryants Creek in accordance with Missouri Department of Conservation seasons and regulations. No bank fishing is allowed on the refuge at any time.

    See the Public Use Regulations brochure for more information.

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  • Interpretation

    Visitor Center Displays

    While visiting the refuge, check out the interpretive signs on the observation deck by the office. Exhibits are available in the refuge visitor center during business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Environmental Education

    Explore the Refuge

    National Wildlife Refuges serve many purposes, and one of our most important roles is as outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and natural resources. Environmental education programs and guided tours are available for schools, scouts and other groups. To schedule a visit, please call the refuge office in advance of the event. Discovery backpacks, scopes and binoculars are available for loan.