National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge provides photography opportunities, hiking and viewing of wildlife.
Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge is located between St. Louis and Hannibal, Missouri. To get to the refuge, take Missouri State Highway 79 to the town of Annada, Missouri. From Annada, travel one mile east on Pike County Road 206. The refuge is also the headquarters for Great River National Wildlife Refuge and Middle Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge.
There is no charge to visit.
Restrooms are only available inside the refuge headquarters and visitor contact station in Annada, Missouri.
Points of Interest
Explore the great outdoors and the diversity of wildlife at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy hiking trails and an auto route. Exhibits at the refuge visitor contact station tell the story of the Mississippi Flyway and river habitats.
What To Do
If you have 15 minutes
- Visit the headquarters and visitor contact station
If you have one hour
- Take a drive through the refuge to view nature and wildlife
If you have half a day or more
- Hike the refuge, bird-watch, or photograph wildlife
Know Before You Go
Restrooms are only available inside the headquarters and visitor contact station during regular business hours. Dress appropriately for the season and bring plenty of drinking water, snacks, insect repellant, sunscreen and other necessities.
Many areas of the refuge are accessible by hiking only. Weather conditions can affect road conditions throughout the refuge. You are welcome to call ahead in order to learn about current conditions and/or wildlife viewing opportunities.
Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge provides many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. Available activities vary depending on the season and weather. For more information on specific activities, please check the public use regulations brochure or call the refuge before you visit.
A nature trail is located at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors may park in the designated parking area beside the trail. This trail is not paved or ADA compliant. It is open year round, unless posted due to weather or to protect eagles nesting nearby.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Great River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The complex spans two states (Illinois and Missouri) and includes a series of island and land divisions along the Mississippi River. The complex includes Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge, Great River National Wildlife Refuge and Middle Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge. All three refuges are managed from the headquarters building located at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge in Annada, Missouri.
Rules and Policies
- Refuge lands are open for general use from 1/2 hour before legal sunrise to 1/2 hour after legal sunset
- Hiking is allowed on refuge roads and trails, unless otherwise posted
- ATVs and UTVs are not allowed on the refuge
- Dogs must be on a leash
- Berry and mushroom gathering is allowed for personal consumption only, not for resale or other commercial use
- Collecting shed deer antlers is not allowed
- Camping or fires are not permitted
- The taking of any mussel, clam, crayfish, leach, frog and turtle species is prohibited
- Fishing is allowed by boat in Bryants Creek ONLY
- Gas boat motors are prohibited on the refuge with the exception of Bryants Creek
- No hunting is allowed on Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge unless during authorized state-managed hunts
- Firearms are allowed only during authorized hunting activities. They must be unloaded and either dismantled or cased when transporting on refuge roads or waters, unless in compliance with state concealed carry regulations.
- Target shooting or any non-hunting discharge of firearms is prohibited
- Trapping of muskrat, beaver and raccoon is permitted on refuge land, but special regulations apply and a refuge special use permit is required
- Possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited