Plan Your Visit

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Mathew's Brake National Wildlife Refuge welcomes you! While hunting and fishing are most popular among refuge visitors, other options are available for visitors interested in photography, birdwatching, and other activities.

Contact Information  

1562 Providence Road
Cruger, MS 38924
(662) 235-4989

Driving Directions

Directions to Refuge: 9 miles south of Greenwood and 5 miles west of Sidon, Mississippi, between Highway 49E and Highway 7. Paved and graveled county roads provide access.

Points of Interest

Mathews Brake NWR encompasses 2,418 acres and is located 7 miles north of Morgan Brake NWR. The major wetland feature is Mathews Brake, a 1,810 acre oxbow lake. The shallow brake consists of bald cypress and tupelo-gum trees in the deeper portions with buttonbush and swamp privet thickets in the more shallow water. Other habitat types include 422 acres of hardwood bottomland and 186 acres of reforested cropland/abandoned fields.

The majority of the refuge is only accessible by boat. A boat launch for public access is located at the parking area on the east side of the refuge.

The water level normally falls significantly during summer, allowing for germination of desirable moist soil plants beneficial to waterfowl and other migratory birds. During the fall and winter, the water level rises from precipitation and flow from Abiaca Creek.

Know Before You Go

In the summertime, temperatures can be extreme! Be sure to bring plenty of insect repellent, drinking water, appropriate footwear, and sunscreen. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit, especially during the summertime when temperatures are more moderate and wildlife is most active. Also be sure and watch out for snakes and other potentially hazardous wildlife species.