Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Mississippi. The refuge is critically important as a sanctuary for waterfowl and neotropical migratory birds.

Visit Us

An observation tower, located on the north end of the refuge, provides an elevated view of the moist soil units. It is a great place for birdwatchers to see migrating shorebirds in the spring and fall, as well as wintering waterfowl.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge is located 4 1/2 miles south of Crowder, Mississippi, and consists of 2,374 acres.  At the center of the refuge are 24 retired catfish ponds, ranging in size from 12 to 21 acres and totaling 497 acres.  A majority of the refuge has been reforested in native bottomland hardwood species that floods annually during the winter and spring.

      What We Do

      Up to 10,000 migratory waterfowl winter on the refuge, and 34 species of shorebirds have been recorded during the spring and fall migration. Management at this refuge focus on supporting these migratory birds. The refuge biologist carefully plans the management of each retired catfish pond, deciding when units should be drained and flooded and whether discing, mowing, or more prolonged flooding is needed to make the habitat more favorable for wildlife. 

      Our Species

      The most commonly seen wildlife at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge are waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds. However, white-tailed deer, raccoons, and other mammals may also be seen, as they are attracted to the water in the moist soil units.

      Our Library

      Visit our digital library to view fact sheets and other refuge documents.

      Projects and Research

      Refuge staff conduct a variety of inventory and monitoring studies and welcome external research on the refuge.