Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Save the Monarch!

    Monarchs undertake one of the world’s most remarkable migrations. They are in trouble and need our help!

    Click here to learn more!

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    Come Visit!

    Refuge named one of the Top Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains

    Learn more

  • Butterflies species travel through the refuge finding food sources and mates in the spring to late summer.


    Butterfly species travel through the refuge pollinating, finding food sources and mates in the spring to late summer.

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    Mussels of the Refuge

    Refuge staff monitor the population and species compositions of the freshwater mussels of the Marais des Cygnes River.

  • New Hunting Requirements

    All hunters, please review requirements in the hunting permit/brochure.

    New Hunting Regulations

More about Marais des Cygnes

Prescribed Fire at Marais des Cygnes


The Refuge may be conducting some late winter and early spring prescribed burns. Some closures may occur.

Fire Management

Refuge Named one the Top 50 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains

October 29, 2012

The University of Nebraska's Center for Great Plains Studies has published a map featuring the top 50 ecotourism sites in eight states.

Refuge Named one the Top 50 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains
Spring Turkey Hunts 2017

Spring Turkey Hunts

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Spring Turkey Hunting at Marais des Cygnes is open for applications now through March 6. Check the link for details.

Hunting Information

Hunting Information

Hunting on the Refuge

Fall Wild Turkey

Sport hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the KDWPT state hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.

Hunting Information

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS