The 36,597-acre refuge is bisected by the Pearl River, with portions in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes in Louisiana and Pearl River County in Mississippi.
Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located in coastal Mississippi and Alabama. The refuge was established in 1992 to help protect one of the largest remaining expanses of Gulf Coast wet pine savanna habitat.
The 10,188 acre refuge partially overlays the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Together, they protect nearly 18,000 acres of relatively undisturbed wildlife habitat.
In addition to the wet pine savanna, other refuge habitats include maritime forest, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, salt marshes, salt pans, bays and bayous.
These numerous and varying habitats provide a unique opportunity to view the diverse numbers of species that make their home here.
The refuge provides numerous opportunities to explore and enjoy the rich wildlife and habitats found here. From hiking and birding, to hunting and fishing, there are many different ways to appreciate all that the refuge has to offer.