About Us

Established in 1980, Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine refuges in the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge encompasses 2,418 acres in west-central Mississippi. The refuge’s primary habitat feature is Mathews Brake, the largest brake in Leflore County. Each winter the brake provides habitat for more than 30,000 ducks.

Our Mission

The primary purpose of Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge is to provide habitat for wintering and resident waterfowl.

Other Facilities in this Complex

Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine refuges that make up the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Each refuge in the complex plays vital role to conserving our nation's resources.  A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more Refuges, wildlife management areas or other Refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location.  Refuges are grouped into a complex structure structure
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because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs.  Typically, a Project Leader oversees the general management of all Refuges within the complex and Refuge Managers are responsible for operations at specific Refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, Refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all Refuges within the complex.

Checkout the list below of the other Refuges within the Complex, and visit each one for new and different experiences!