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Providence Pond Kiosk

Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuge offers many different opportunities for outdoor recreation. Whether you enjoy hunting, fishing, photography, or wildlife observation, the refuge offers activities for every age and interest.

 

 

  • Hunting

    Hunting is the most popular recreational activity on refuges in the Complex. Recreational hunting (a wildlife-dependent activity) has been identified in the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 as a priority public use, provided it is compatible with the purpose for which the refuge was established.

    Managing wildlife populations and their habitats is the primary responsibility of the Complex and a required component of the Refuge System’s "wildlife first" mission. If managed appropriately, hunting provides a biologically sound form of outdoor recreation that is used extensively throughout the Refuge System to manage wildlife populations. The Complex hunting program is coordinated annually with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    Recreational hunting is offered from October through April each year for deer, waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon. Hunters are also allowed to take feral hogs, raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, bobcat, and nutria according to refuge regulations.

    Each person 16 years of age or older hunting at Morgan Brake NWR must possess a Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex Annual Public Use Permit. Permits ($15) are available for purchase online or may be obtained in person via check or money order at the following locations: Panther Swamp NWR, Yazoo City, MS and Yazoo NWR, Hollandale, MS. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 4 pm. Permits are valid August 1 – July 31. Mail-in requests for permits will not be accepted.

  • Fishing

    Recreational fishing (a wildlife-dependent activity) has been identified in the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 as a priority public use, provided it is compatible with the purpose for which the refuge was established. Fishing is a popular activity on refuges throughout the Complex. Fish populations consist mostly of rough fish, which can withstand hot, murky water with low oxygen content, including long-nosed gar, buffalo, carp, bowfin, and catfish. A wide variety of fish species exists in the streams and bayous, including largemouth bass, various bream, and crappie.

    Fishing is permitted in refuge waters north of Providence Road throughout the year except closed during the muzzleloader deer hunt. Providence Ponds are closed one day prior to the beginning of waterfowl season through February 28. See information kiosk for creel limits at Providence Ponds. Trot lines, limb lines, jugs, seines and traps are prohibited. A complete summary of refuge regulations is available online at www.fws.gov/morganbrake. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations expressed in the Annual Hunt Brochure supplement Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations and applicable State regulations.

    Each person 16 years of age or older fishing at Morgan Brake NWR must possess a Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex Annual Public Use Permit. Permits ($15) are available for purchase online or may be obtained in person via check or money order at the following locations: Panther Swamp NWR, Yazoo City, MS and Yazoo NWR, Hollandale, MS. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 4 pm. Permits are valid August 1 – July 31. Mail-in requests for permits will not be accepted.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Environmental education, interpretation, wildlife observation, and wildlife photography (wildlife-dependent activities) have been identified in the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 as priority public uses, provided they are compatible with the purpose for which the refuge was established. Wildlife observation and photography is encouraged on all refuges in the Complex. Visitors must comply with existing laws, regulations, and policies concerning access and harassment of wildlife. Although occasional visitors stop by to observe wildlife and take a few pictures, most wildlife observation and photography is associated with hunting and fishing.

  • Interpretation

    Environmental education and interpretation are provided upon request, but there are no refuge specific programs and no staff available to develop and conduct effective education and outreach Programs.

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental education and interpretation are provided upon request, but there are no refuge specific programs and no staff available to develop and conduct effective education and outreach Programs.

  • Photography

    Wildlife observation and photography is encouraged on all refuges in the Complex. Visitors must comply with existing laws, regulations, and policies concerning access and harassment of wildlife. Although occasional visitors stop by to observe wildlife and take a few pictures, most wildlife observation and photography is associated with hunting and fishing. Each year several special use permits are issued to commercial photographers. Commercial photography can increase visitors' knowledge and appreciation of fish and wildlife on the refuge, and lead to greater understanding of the Refuge System’s public stewardship mission. Photographs taken on refuge lands, when provided to refuge staff for outreach and public use program enhancement, complement Service actions and enhance its ability to draw more visitors to the refuge.

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Last Updated: Aug 12, 2015
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