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. The Visitor Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 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) 497-5407E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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In the wild Mississippi sandhill cranes can only be found on and adjacent to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR. There are only about 100 individuals remaining.