Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge welcomes visitors with hunting, fishing, photography, birding and other outdoor recreation activities.
Location and Contact Information
Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 via the Migratory Bird Conservation Act. Land acquisition began with the initial purchase of 803 acres in September of that year. The refuge is located in the Yazoo River Basin on the eastern edge of the Mississippi River Valley in Holmes and Leflore counties. Deep water and bottomland hardwoods make Mathews Brake attractive to migratory bird species throughout the year. The brake’s permanent water serves as a valuable resting area for large numbers of migrating ducks during fall and winter.
What We Do
Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. At Mathews Break National Wildlife Refuge, several different types of management techniques are utilized to provide habitat for migratory birds and to manage various types of wetlands.
Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge is home to a variety of wildlife species associated with its habitat. Some of the habitats include bottomland hardwood forest, open water, and seasonal and permanent wetlands.
Our digital library is a one stop shop for refuge documents, brochures, and coloring books.