Natural wetlands have attracted and provided wetland habitat to birds and other wildlife at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge for hundreds of years. The small pocket of diverse land and waters has been designated as a Continentally Important Bird Area.
Visitor Center Hours

The refuge Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm except on federal holidays.

Visit Us

National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Muscatatuck is a pocket of wildlife habitat that is easily accessible to everyone every day, at all times of the year. Look for wildlife along refuge roads, walk the trails, or take part in recreational activities like fishing, hunting, or wildlife photography. The refuge is also a great place to learn about wildlife and the natural environment. Refuge staff and volunteers enjoy helping visitors of all ages connect with nature through many events and programs held throughout the year.

Location and Contact Information

      Indiana Master Naturalist Class Registrations Open

      Registrations are now being taken for an Indiana Master Naturalist class that will be held at the Visitor Center from 6-9:30 pm every Wednesday evening in March and April. The fee is $35 payable to the Muscatatuck Wildlife Society at the first class. To register email Muscatatuck@fws.gov or call 812-522-4352 x 12.

      What We Do

      Services
      2023-2024 Federal Duck Stamp featuring three tundra swans painted by Joseph Hautman from Minnesota. (c) USFWS
      12/22/2023 Statement on Duck Stamp Modernization Act of 2023 

      On December 19, 2023, President Biden signed into law the Duck Stamp Modernization Act of 2023. This Act modifies provisions regarding the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly referred to as the...

      Our Species

      Birds attract the most interest at Muscatatuck and more than 290 species have been seen on the refuge. The wetlands and diverse habitat also provide sanctuary for some species that are now rare in Indiana, including northern copperbelly water snakes, Kirtland's snake and four-toed salamanders. In winter, thousands of greater sandhill cranes spend the winter in the area, often spending the night in refuge wetlands while spending their days feeding off-refuge in harvested farm fields.

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