Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge was established to provide habitat for wintering and resident waterfowl. The deep water and bottomland hardwoods attract migratory bird species throughout the year. The refuge is also a valuable resting area for large numbers of migrating ducks during fall and winter.

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Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge welcomes visitors with hunting, fishing, photography, birding and other outdoor recreation activities.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      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.  

      Our Organization

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.

      Our Species

      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 Library

      Our digital library is a one stop shop for refuge documents, brochures, and coloring books. 

      TheodoreRoosevelt508Birds2020

      A comprehensive checklist of birds one could find while visiting any Refuge within the Complex.