Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Hardwood Forest Restoration Project

    Click here to learn about the multi-year forest restoration project, partnered with the Conservation Fund.

    Marais des Cygnes Monitoring summary

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    Save the Monarch!

    Monarchs undertake one of the world’s most remarkable migrations. They are in trouble and need our help!

    Click here to learn more!

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    Mussels of the Refuge

    Refuge staff monitor the population and species compositions of the freshwater mussels of the Marais des Cygnes River.

  • About the Complex

    Marais des Cygnes NWR is now a part of the Kansas National Wildlife Refuges complex, which also includes Flint Hills and Quivira.

    About the Complex

More about Marais des Cygnes NWR

Hunting and Fishing Update

August 31, 2020

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on 97 national wildlife refuges across the country in 2020. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure for information and regulations associated with these activities.

Hunting and Fishing Brochure

Hardwood Forest Restoration Project

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Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge has partnered with The Conservation Fund (TCF) for more than ten years to initiate hardwood forest restoration on more than 1,400 acres on the refuge. The most recent monitoring summary report from TCF is available. Click here to read the report.

MDC Monitoring summary

Refuge Named one the Top 50 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains

October 29, 2012

The University of Nebraska's Center for Great Plains Studies has published a map featuring the top 50 ecotourism sites in eight states.

Refuge Named one the Top 50 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains
Hunting Information

Hunting on the Refuge

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Sport hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the KDWPT state hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.

Hunting and Fishing Brochure

About the Complex

Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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