Big Muddy - A refuge with units highlighting habitats along the lower Missouri river.
Refuge staff work to restore natural floodplain conditions, including bottomland forests and its associated wetlands for the benefit of wildlife. We strive to provide public access to all areas for wildlife dependent recreation including hunting and fishing.
A couple dozen U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges are situated roughly along the 1804-1805 westbound route of explorers Lewis and Clark. This story features a dozen refuges, in east-to-west order.
This is one in a series of articles in which U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff members reflect on favorite photos they have taken at national wildlife refuges. It features former wildlife biologist ASHLEY RIEDEL and Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Missouri.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service carefully manages trapping activities on national wildlife refuges to ensure that safe, effective practices are used, to ensure the sustainability of wildlife populations, and to protect refuge infrastructure. Trapping may be used as a wildlife management tool...
To some it’s pursuing game during an open season or to others taking in the beauty of the change of season. Whatever brings you to the nature of the refuge we hope you will respect what it has to offer. Take only the allowed limit and leave only tracks. On this refuge you are sure to find the nature you deserve. Hover over the map icons below to discover nature near you.
The 2023 Missouri Junior Duck stamp entries are viewable online at The Lake Arts Council website. Scroll down on the main page to see the artwork. Click on each entry to see the duck species and artist.
The refuge provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Most wildlife found throughout the state of Missouri reside on the refuge. The Missouri river drives the floodplain and aquatic habitat of lesser-known but equally important wildlife that inhabit the refuge. The endangered pallid sturgeon swims in her waters and the refuge plays a vital role in providing shallow water habitat for survival of sturgeon young.
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