The refuge headquarters/visitor contact station is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily and closed for all federal holidays. The refuge headquarters/visitor contact station is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm during the spring and fall migration. Spring migration has started early this year! Spring Migration 2017 open weekends begin Saturday, February 25 and conclude Sunday, March 26, 2017. The visitor contact station will be open on Saturdays only in April, Saturday, May 6 and May 13 for International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD).The refuge is open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset including all federal holidays. This includes the Wild Goose Auto Tour loop and refuge hiking trails. There is no charge to visit the refuge.Enjoy your visit!
DIRECTIONSFrom Interstate 29, take Exit 79 just south of Mound City, Missouri then travel south 2 ½ miles on U.S. Highway 159.
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.
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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.