Visitor Activities

Families at Fishing Event

“Our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to nurture and sustain the instinctive connections they already carry.”
— Terry Krautwurst

  • Hunting

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    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.

    As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management.  For example, because their natural predators are gone, deer populations will often grow too large for the refuge habitat to support.

    See our Hunting page for information on the different types of hunts and how to obtain a hunting permit.

  • Fishing

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    In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, the Refuge System offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities.  Fishing programs promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on all lands and waters in the Refuge System.  Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers help them have a wonderful fishing experience.

    Quality fishing opportunities are available on more than 270 national wildlife refuges.  Visitors can experience virtually type of sport fishing on the continent.  From inconnu and grayling in remote Alaska, to snook hovering by mangroves in Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, national wildlife refuges offer anglers adventure and diversity.

    Noxubee Wildlife Refuge allows many different kinds of fishing all over the refuge. See our Fishing page for specific areas fishing is allowed and when. 

  • Wildlife Viewing

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    The Refuge offers a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year.  The Bluff Lake and Loakfoma Lake levees are just a couple of the places on the refuge where the wildlife watching is spectacular.  Enjoy great views of alligators and look for any of the seven species of common wading birds.  Boardwalks and overlooks provide great vantage points as well, so bring your binoculars and camera – you won’t want to miss anything!

    Fall and winter are great times to view the waterfowl coming through the area.  The Loakfoma tower and Goose overlook are great for viewing these birds as well as a passing bald eagle.  Alligators are visible in all but the coldest months from any of the boardwalks and overlooks.  The wading bird rookery in Bluff Lake is active from May through July.  Deer, skunks, bobcats and foxes are visible occasionally in mornings and evenings throughout the year.

  • Interpretation

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    Our refuge visitor center exhibit hall features a timeline approach of how this land was formed and what it has become, the creatures that inhabit it and how we manage the land.  Also a refuge video is available to help orient visitors to the refuge and what opportunities it offers.  From self-guided walks to volunteer-led programs, national wildlife refuges help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitat behind the landscapes.  Contact the office or visit our Friends site to find out about programs and activities being offered.

  • Environmental Education

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    One of the most important roles of a national wildlife refuge is that of an outdoor classroom.  Refuges teach you about wildlife, wildlife conservation and the efforts to protect these amazing natural resources.  Here at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee we have a partnership with the Starkville City Schools and Mississippi State University, which runs the Youth Environmental Science (YES!) education program out of the Larry Box Environmental Education Center, located on the refuge. 

  • Photography

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    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife and national wildlife refuges are at the top of the list.  Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge provides excellent opportunities to capture photos of alligators, waterfowl, warblers and many other species that call the refuge home. Several award-winning photographs have been taken on the refuge, so make sure you bring your camera.  There are five observation platforms found on the refuge. Goose Overlook sits atop a bluff over Dickerson Arm of Bluff Lake.  The viewing area is accessed by a level 150-foot concrete walk.  Morgan Hill Overlook observation platform sits on Morgan Hill and provides perhaps one of the best vistas on the refuge, viewing all of the 450-acre Loakfoma Lake.  The Bluff Lake Boardwalk travels over a unique wetland and provides excellent views of the waterfowl, egrets, and other wading birds in the rookery during the spring and summer months.  This boardwalk ends at an observation platform.

    Photography is becoming more popular as digital technology becomes more common and less expensive. The Friends of Noxubee Refuge sponsors a photo contest each year with prizes awarded at the National Wildlife Refuge Week event in October. Click here for contest details.

  • Trails and Boardwalks


    Noxubee Refuge has two boardwalks and 5 trails available for public enjoyment and exploration. Refuge trails and boardwalks are open during daylight hours. Pets are allowed on the trails as long as they are on a leash or under close control (within 5 yards of the owner). This regulation is for the safety of your pet as well as the wildlife. Be aware alligators are present in Refuge waters. Some trails are within the hunting areas of the Refuge. Please note hunting seasons and be aware of safety precautions during these times. During the gun deer hunts hikers should wear orange vests for safety.

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