Photography

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Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list.


The Kuralt Trail Overlook provides an elevated platform for an excellent view of the Great Marsh. During the fall and winter, tundra swans, ducks, and large concentrations of snow geese congregate in the ponds south of this site. The Great Marsh Trail (0.3 mile loop) provides a scenic journey through a swamp like habitat and is home to a variety of songbirds, small mammals, reptiles, and other creatures.

Mackay Island Road and Live Oak Point Trail also provide good wildlife observation and photography opportunities. Access around these impoundments is limited to foot traffic and bicycles only. A disabled accessible fishing pier is located on the East Pool impoundment (contact the office for information on access). A small boat ramp, providing access into the Great Marsh is located near the dike gate on Mackay Island Road.