Plan Your Visit

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Morgan 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

Morgan Brake NWR
1562 Providence Road
Cruger, MS  38924
(662) 235-4989
Yazoo@fws.gov

 


  

 

Driving Directions

Take Highway 49E approximately 16 miles north of Yazoo City to Thornton, MS. Turn right (east) on Thornton Road and travel approximately 4 miles to the refuge. 

 


 

Points of Interest

Morgan Brake NWR encompasses 7,473 acres and is located approximately 3 miles north of Hillside NWR. The refuge borders the eastern edge of the Delta adjacent to the loess bluffs. Elevation varies from less than 100 feet to 120 feet MSL at the base of the bluffs. Portions of the refuge include the loess bluffs, which rise to more than 300 feet MSL. The main wetland features of the refuge include Morgan Brake, which lies half in and half out of the refuge, Around-the-World Brake, and Commander Brake, adjacent to the bluffs.

In 1992 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquired approximately 755 acres of the Providence Cooperative Farm from The Nature Conservancy (formerly Delta Foundation, Inc.). Providence Cooperative Farm was established in 1938 to assist sharecroppers during the Great Depression by a group of socialist promising equality and economic stability. But instead the cooperative farming operation failed to turn a profit and existed on charity. In 1956, the trustees sold Providence Farms to Delta Foundation, Inc. for one dollar after racial tensions brewed in the community. To read more about Providence Farms, go to http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms/articles/219/cooperative-farming-in-mississippi.

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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.