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New Visitor Center Hours
The Visitor Center is now open weekdays from 8:00 to 4:30. Periodically, the visitor center will be open for weekend programs.
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Changes to 2016-17 Hunt Permits
Refuge hunt permits are now available online. Follow the link below for additional details.
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Forty species of native freshwater mussels live within the refuge waters on the Ohio River. This includes six federally endangered mussel species: fanshell, pink mucket, sheepnose, spectaclecase, snuffbox, and rayed bean. Mussels are important to the health of a river ecosystem. They are filter feeders, which helps reduce silt, sediment, and pollutants in the water.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Paden Island - © Kent Mason
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016