Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit at Muscatatuck NWR

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 as a refuge to provide resting and feeding areas for waterfowl during their annual migrations. More than 280 species of birds have been seen at Muscatatuck, and the refuge is recognized as a “Continentally Important” bird area.

Directions, Address & Contact Info

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is located near Seymour, Indiana. The entrance is located three miles east of Interstate 65 on U.S. Hwy. 50. The address is Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 E. U.S. Hwyl 50, Seymour, IN 47274. Phone is 812-522-4352 and e-mail is

Points of Interest

The public contact point is the Visitor Center, the first building on the right when you enter the refuge. The Visitor Center is open five days a week (Tuesday through Saturday) from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm. The Visitor Center is closed on Federal holidays.  Staff members sometimes take a short lunch break and close the building during regular hours. The Chestnut Ridge Interpretive Trail is an accessible one-quarter mile trail adjacent to the visitor center. A four-mile auto tour route starts at the visitor center and loops past wetlands and upland habitat. Observation Decks are located at Endicott Marsh and on the Hunt-Richart Hiking Trail on Richart Lake.

Know Before You Go

Summers are hot and humid at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, and insects may be bothersome. Hats and insect repellent are useful. In winter minor flooding occurs on a regular basis, and some roads may be closed for short periods of time.   For information on road conditions/flooding and/or recent wildlife sightings check out the Refuge Facebook page.

The prime waterfowl viewing times at Muscatatuck are spring and fall.  Winter is also a good time to see different kinds of ducks on the refuge, and in recent years sandhill cranes have been wintering in the area.