Visitor Activities

Visitor Activites

The observation tower on the Herbert Nature Trail provides an overlook of the refuge.

  • Hunting

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    Hunting is permitted during daylight hours within legal hunting seasons, which include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, waterfowl, raccoon, and frogs. Some areas are posted closed to hunting to provide sanctuary for wildlife and increase safety around public use facilities. Review the current North Mississippi Refuges Complex Hunting and Fishing Regulations for seasons and regulations.

    All hunters age 16 or older must purchase a North Mississippi NWR hunting permit (code 606). Permits cost $15 and are available at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website or at any vendor that sells hunting licenses.
    A Harvest Report Card, available at all refuge kiosks, must be completed and displayed on the dash of the vehicle so that the name is legible and clearly visible from the outside. Prior to leaving the refuge, the card must be completed and deposited at one of the refuge kiosks.

    For mobility impaired-hunters, two accessible blinds are located just east of the refuge headquarters building on Highway 446. Blinds may not be reserved.

    Click here for the Hunting and Fishing Regulations brochure for Dahomey NWR.

  • Fishing

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    Fishing is permitted at Happy Hollow Lake with the purchase of a North Mississippi NWR Fishing permit. Permits cost $15 and are available at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website or at any vendor that sells hunting licenses. All anglers must follow regulations listed in the North Mississippi Refuges Complex Hunting and Fishing Regulations.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Viewing

    The refuge features a butterfly garden at its headquarters building. The garden provides a wonderful opportunity for viewing a variety of pollinators. The best time to visit the garden is mid-morning and late afternoon. The wildflowers that attract the pollinators bloom throughout the spring and summer, and pollinators can be observed into the early fall.

    Visitors can view wildlife along the 35 miles of hiking trails and roads at the refuge. During the winter months, several species of waterfowl can be seen using the moist soil units along Well Road and Neblett Road. The fishing pier at Happy Hollow Lake offers views of the eight-acre lake. A variety of water snakes, turtles, and wading birds can be seen from the pier in the summer months. A hike down the Herbert Nature Trail leads visitors around the lake to an observation tower, which overlooks a field where wildlife may be seen throughout the year.

  • Interpretation


    Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Dahomey NWR, Inc. work together to provide interpretive hikes. Hikes are open to all ages and skill levels. Refuge staff and volunteers guide these hikes, teaching wildlife and plant ID as well as basic ecology concepts. These activities are advertised through the local newspaper and the Friends of Dahomey, Inc. Facebook page.

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental Education

    National Wildlife Refuges serve many purposes, and one of our most important roles is as outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and natural resources.  Many refuges offer environmental education programs for a variety of audiences.  Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities.  Thousands of youth and adult groups visit National Wildlife Refuges every year throughout the United States to learn about specific topics on wildlife, habitat, or ecological processes.

    Refuge staff can present programs on the National Wildlife Refuge System and the resources it manages in the classroom or in the field. For more information please contact the Refuge Manager at (662) 226-8286.

  • Photography

    Wildlife Photography

    The observation tower and photography blind at Dahomey NWR provide great opportunities for photographers of all skill levels. With the refuge open from sunrise to sunset, photographers can capture beautiful landscapes with towering cottonwoods along the Pawpaw trail, bald cypress along the creeks and sloughs, wildflowers along roadsides and trails in the summer, and waterfowl in the moist soil units in the winter. Wildlife commonly photographed includes wood ducks and other waterfowl, snakes, turtles, and butterflies. For those who don’t have much time to hike the trails, the butterfly garden can yield beautiful photos of invertebrates and hummingbirds in the summer months.

    Please note: A Special Use Permit is required for all commercial photography and videography. Contact the Refuge manager for more information.