Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Directions, Address, and Contact Info

The Administrative Office and Visitor Center is located one half mile north of Interstate 10, at Exit 61, off of Gautier-Vancleave Road. The refuge is open to visitors during daylight hours only. As a public health precaution, the visitor center at Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge is temporarily closed for the safety of staff and visitors. The Visitor Center is closed on federal holidays and Christmas Eve.

Contact Us:
7200 Crane Lane Gautier, MS 39553
Refuge Phone: (228) 497-6322
Refuge Fax: (228) 497-5407

Points of Interest

While visiting the refuge we recommend stopping by the Visitor Center to tour the interactive exhibits, view the twelve minute film and chat with our refuge staff and volunteers who can provide helpful information, maps, brochures and checklists. Visitors can also view the thriving wet pine savanna habitat from our center’s observation deck and pick up a trail guide for the ¾ mile C.L. Dees Trail or the 1 mile Fontainebleau Trail.

For more information, download a copy of the refuge brochure

Know Before You Go

Summer in southeastern Mississippi can be very hot and humid with heat indices over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Visitors are advised to bring water and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.). Biting insects are year round residents and insect repellent is advised. Due to frequently wet conditions, close toed shoes are recommended for all hiking trails on the refuge.




Entrance to Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge is fee free. All public programs conducted by the refuge, such as the Fall/Winter Crane Tours, are also free of charge.