The refuge headquarters/visitor contact station is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm daily and closed for most federal holidays.During the spring and fall migrations the refuge headquarters/visitor contact station is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Fall Migration 2016 open weekends begin Saturday, October 15 and conclude Sunday, December 4.The Wild Goose Auto Tour loop is open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset including all federal holidays. The refuge is open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset for approved activities.There is no charge to visit the refuge.
DIRECTIONSFrom Interstate 29, take Exit 79 just south of Mound City, Missouri then travel south 2 ½ miles on U.S. Highway 159.
PLEASE NOTE: Google maps is not sending visitors to the correct location for the visitor contact station. To navigate to the visitor contact station, please type in Squaw Creek NWR Welcome Center. Physical Address (see note above)Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge25542 US-159Forest City, MO 64451660-442-3187Mailing AddressLoess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge P.O. Box 158Mound City, Missouri 64470
Let our friendly staff at the visitor contact station help you plan your visit! This is a great starting point for visitors to become more familiar with the refuge and the wildlife that live here. Visitors can watch a 13 minute refuge orientation video, see live native snakes on display, browse nature and wildlife exhibits, and obtain maps and brochures. While there, visit the Friends of Loess Bluffs Nature Shop for field guides, t-shirts, and other educational items.
The refuge is open from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset daily. Restrooms are available inside the refuge headquarters/visitor contact station and comfort station in the headquarters parking lot. Be sure to check for ticks and know how to identify and avoid poison ivy. We recommend:
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Bald eagles migrate to the refuge by late fall and early winter. As many as 300 immature and adult bald eagles and an occasional golden eagle may be seen during the migration peak, usually by the first of December. A record 476 bald eagles were counted during a 2001 survey. The first recorded successful bald eagle nest fledged three young eaglets in the summer of 1997. A few bald eagles may spend the winter and summer on the refuge. Migrating eagles leave the refuge in spring and summer returning to lakes and streams in the northern forests.